ERIC Number: ED456159
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2001-Apr-11
Critical Analysis of Models and Methods Used To Evaluate Online Learning Networks.
Gunawardena, Charlotte; Carabajal, Kayleigh; Lowe, Constance A.
This paper describes and analyzes the models and methods used to evaluate asynchronous online learning networks and presents a "Systems Component Contexture Model" for conceptualizing the evaluation of online learning networks. The evaluation team finds it useful to divide the variables they examine into descriptive, process, and outcome variables. The complexity of the relationships of these variables has resulted in the development of a model based on systems theory and research that can be used as a unifying conceptual tool for component analysis and further research. The model consists of examining the influence of four components (Content, Context, Collaboration, and Control) of the online learning network at three levels: institutional experience, all aspects of the mediated curriculum, and the learner level. The use of this holistic model provides a framework from which to evaluate and to examine the questions left unasked, even as it provides the opportunity to draft new questions for the future. (Contains 1 figure and 15 references.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Seattle, WA, April 10-14, 2001).