ERIC Number: ED452804
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2000-Oct
Evaluation of Scalable Applications of Information Technology to On-Campus Learning.
Matthews, Harry R.; Sommer, Barbara; Maher, Michael; Acredolo, Curt; Ho, Arnold; Falk, Richard
The University of California, Davis, is transforming large general education courses in a cost-effective way that maintains high academic standards in the face of rising student enrollments. Two multi-year pilot projects have demonstrated the feasibility of using rich online learning environments to reduce the dependence on formal lectures. This resulted in more opportunity for interactions in small groups and reduced the constraints of lecture hall capacity on student enrollment. Evaluation of 10 more classes distributed across disciplines by a multidisciplinary group of faculty and staff funded by the Mellon Foundation has three components: student learning, cost, and user profiling. This paper demonstrates the rich learning environments used for the prototype projects (involving an Oracle relational database, Cold Fusion middleware, a Web server, and a Web browser) and presents the extensive evaluation data on outcomes, including traditional examination data, student perceptions assessed in high-yield anonymous questionnaires, and objective data, on how students used the materials available. (Contains 15 references.) (AEF)
Descriptors: Access to Education, Computer Assisted Instruction, Computer Uses in Education, Educational Technology, Enrollment, Higher Education, Instructional Effectiveness, Interaction, Online Systems, Pilot Projects, Program Evaluation
For full text: http://www.educause.edu/conference/e2000/proceedings.html. For full text: http://www.educause.edu/asp/doclib/abstract.asp?ID=EDU0012. html.
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: In: EDUCAUSE 2000: Thinking IT Through. Proceedings and Post-Conference Materials (Nashville, TN, October 10-13, 2000); see IR 020 605.