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ERIC Number: ED414318
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Oct
Pages: 9
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Designing a Teacher/Course Assessment Instrument for Distance Education.
Shrader, Vincent E.
Independent Study (IS) at Brigham Young University (Utah) enrolls nearly 17,000 high school students and 13,000 college students each year. Results of student evaluations are used to help determine to what extent the IS courses and instructors are meeting student needs. IS administrators decided to redesign the student forms to provide a better measure of course effectiveness and student attitudes toward registration, service, and course materials. A study of about 300 completed forms helped identify trends in the data. Data from this analysis and from student interviews were used to construct new items that were assimilated into a possible item pool. Faculty members were asked to evaluate these items grouped into subscales. Approximately 50 faculty members responded to the request, and about 75 later replied to a request to evaluate a revised instrument. The developed instrument was then sent with each final examination packet until over 500 student forms were returned. An error in the key provided with the form resulted in a second field test with 116 forms for item analysis. This analysis showed that almost all the items had moderate to high adjusted item-total correlation coefficients. A refinement resulted in five subscales, and another item analysis supported these subscales. The instrument was accepted for use in IS evaluations. (Contains eight tables and eight references.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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