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ERIC Number: EJ1164332
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Pages: 17
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0892-3647
Military Design Insights for Online Education Program Evaluation: A Revised Theoretical Construct
Culkin, David T.
American Journal of Distance Education, v31 n4 p258-274 2017
This theoretical development article examines how design methodology currently applied in United States military doctrine can offer insights into the increasingly complex arena of program evaluations of online modes for adult distance education. The article presents key themes that emerge from a multidisciplinary literature review. These themes consist of the value of iterative dialogue, the benefits of design methodology, and the importance of accountability in situated program evaluation. The themes integrate the fundamental concepts framed by the Pillars of Quality Online Education. The themes also suggest a synthesis of current program evaluation models that can effectively address the unique needs of online programs for adult learners. The revised model combines the flexibility of the interactive models, the conceptual planning of design methodology, and the rigor of the frameworks situated in the theoretical context of distance education. These revisions can enhance the value of iterative dialogue; the potential contributions of design to current models; and the benefits of transparent, continuous program evaluation in situated contexts.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Adult Education
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Language: English
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