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ERIC Number: ED503318
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002-Mar
Pages: 117
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 12
Evaluation Report of the Course for Distance Education Policy-Makers in Southern Africa. Final Report
Magagula, Cisco
Commonwealth of Learning
The evaluator was contracted to determine whether the online or face-to-face course components met course participants' needs and increased their understanding and knowledge of policy development processes, and to determine the efficiency and effectiveness of delivery strategies. In addition, the course evaluator was asked to look at the management process of the online course including online discussions, design and development of online course materials, the user-friendliness of the online system, the worthiness of the different types of support systems, and participants' views on aspects of the online course. Finally, the course facilitator observed that an accredited academic and/or professional institution did not certify the online course despite the quality of content (breadth and depth), the course facilitators' qualifications and the course duration. This observation was also echoed by the participants at the Maputo workshop. Therefore, another important recommendation is that an accredited academic and/or professional institution should certify the online course. Also, the course ought to be offered between June and September rather than between September and December. Towards the end of the calendar year it is difficult for most participants to complete their assigned learning activities. The online course tended to compete with the end-of-year deadlines at the workplace. Finally, as indicated in the preceding sections, the course facilitator concurs with the observation that all participants should have working e-mail facilities. This should be one of the preconditions for participating in the online course. Appended are: (1) Terms of reference; (2) Questionnaire covering the pre-Maputo period completed by the course participants; (3) Questionnaire covering the Maputo workshop period for course participants; (4) Questionnaire covering the post-Maputo period completed by course participants; and (5) Questionnaire covering the whole online course completed by course facilitators. (Contains 32 tables.)
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Commonwealth of Learning
Identifiers - Location: Africa