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ERIC Number: ED458869
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Jun
Pages: 18
Abstractor: N/A
Expert Review at a Distance: A Hybrid Approach.
Byers, Albert S.; Halpin, David
This paper describes a distance collaborative evaluation method employed to analyze an asynchronous World Wide Web-based course. This course was offered through the Instructional Technology Department at Virginia Tech as part of a distance education master's program. An initial expert review of the course was commissioned by the department as part of an assignment for a graduate course in product evaluation. A first-year doctoral student from Virginia Tech followed specific guidelines to complete the review process. Several leading instructional design models that were utilized to conduct this initial review are described. After completion of this initial review, a second doctoral student from the University of Georgia reviewed both the Web-based course and the first reviewer's comments. The cumulative review of the first two students was then passed on to the course developer. The course developer added his own comments and incorporated student feedback into this collaborative distance-based review. The information was then re-circulated and a consensus reached that incorporated all the information into a collective list of evaluative recommendations. All correspondence between the three reviewers was accomplished using a variety of distance collaborative processes, including telephone, e-mail, and videoconferencing. Research concerning the transactional distance that can occur in a distance environment was substantiated. The evaluated course assisted Virginia teachers in creating their own educational Web sites. (Contains 68 references.) (MES)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A