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ERIC Number: ED485142
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Oct
Reference Count: 16
Online Education Evaluation: What Should We Evaluate?
Hew, Khe Foon; Liu, Shijuan; Martinez, Ray; Bonk, Curt; Lee, Ji-Yeon
Association for Educational Communications and Technology, 27th, Chicago, IL, October 19-23, 2004
In recent years, Web technologies have helped expand distance education in higher education. Online programs have become widely and generally accepted in many countries. According to the U.S. Department of Education, the number of Institutions of Higher Education (IHEs) offering distance education has increased by one-third since 1994-1995; and 44 percent of IHEs offer distance courses. The number of enrollments reached 1.3 million credit hours, and thirty percent of all distance education courses now use the Web. A recently conducted survey found that the number of online learners in fall 2002 topped 1.6 million, with public institutions leading the way (having approximately 1.3 million online learners). The main purpose of this short paper is to describe the evaluation of current online education at three levels: (a) macro-level, referring to the evaluation of entire online programs; (b) meso-level, referring to the evaluation of individual online courses; and (c) micro-level evaluation, referring to the evaluation of online students' learning. At each level, relevant literature, pertinent evaluation issues, and questions are discussed. While many issues addressed in the paper are applicable to both educational and corporate settings, the paper is focused on the higher education setting.
Descriptors: Higher Education, Distance Education, Online Courses, Program Evaluation, Evaluation Methods
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: Higher Education
Authoring Institution: Association for Educational Communications and Technology, Washington, DC.