ERIC Number: ED459362
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001
Reference Count: N/A
Assessing the Quality of Open and Distance Learning Materials.
This document is intended to help open learning and distance learning practitioners use, design, and select appropriate open and distance learning materials. The document begins with a brief overview of the following forms of open and distance learning materials: workbooks; structured materials; computer-based training materials; online materials; and audio and video materials. The next section presents series of questions for practitioners to ask themselves to address the following issues related to open and distance learning materials: intended learners; flexibility; assessment methods used; learning design; learner support; learning strategies; presentation; and differences between computer-based and paper-based learning materials. The following topics related to evaluation methods are discussed: (1) possible approaches to evaluation (independent reviews, expert review, learners' reactions); (2) elements of an evaluation (three or four learners, a single expert, and an evaluation framework to ensure a consistent and systematic approach); and (3) additional considerations when evaluating computer-based learning products. The following evaluation techniques are explained: interviewing; questionnaires; and observation. The next four sections address the following topics: (1) factors to consider when assessing materials' cost-effectiveness; (2) considerations when commissioning a third-party developer; and (3) licenses. A checklist for evaluating learning materials and lists of 12 useful contacts and 9 useful publications are included. (MN)
Descriptors: Check Lists, Computer Assisted Instruction, Cost Effectiveness, Definitions, Distance Education, Educational Quality, Evaluation Criteria, Evaluation Methods, Flexible Progression, Foreign Countries, Guidelines, Instructional Effectiveness, Instructional Material Evaluation, Instructional Materials, Interviews, Learning Strategies, Material Development, Media Selection, Observation, Open Education, Postsecondary Education, Questionnaires, Teaching Guides
National Institute of Adult Continuing Education, 21 De Montfort Street, Leicester LE11 7GE, United Kingdom (5.95 British Pounds). Web site: http://www.niace.org.uk.
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Department for Education and Employment, London (England).
Authoring Institution: National Inst. of Adult Continuing Education, Leicester (England).
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom