ERIC Number: ED422847
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998
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Dynamic Evaluation of Distance Education Courses.
Champagne, Matthew V.
This paper focuses on the Interactive and Distance Education Assessment (IDEA) laboratory, an assessment system developed by psychology students and faculty at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (New York) that incorporated learning styles, teaching styles, and other measures of individual difference into the evaluation of interactive and distance learning. Learning styles and their relevance to research on distance education are discussed, and the following five individual difference measures are described: self-efficacy; positive affect; locus of control; the Learning Style Inventory (LSI); and the Work Preference Inventory. Development of two versions of the IDEA system (i.e., a World Wide Web version and an Intranet version created in LotusNotes) is summarized. Preliminary results of a pilot study that incorporated learning style measures with the technology developed to deliver evaluation instruments are presented; satisfaction surveys and the LSI were delivered via the IDEA system to employees of an international company who participated in a distance education course on accounting and managerial finance topics. A copy of the satisfaction survey is included. (Contains 11 references.) (DLS)
Descriptors: Cognitive Measurement, Cognitive Style, Computer Assisted Testing, Computer Networks, Computer Software Development, Continuing Education, Course Evaluation, Distance Education, Educational Assessment, Evaluation Methods, Individual Differences, Instructional Effectiveness, Likert Scales, Locus of Control, Measures (Individuals), Participant Satisfaction, Pilot Projects, Postsecondary Education, Questionnaires, Self Efficacy, Student Attitudes, Student Surveys, Teaching Styles
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers; Tests/Questionnaires
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Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Learning Style Inventory