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ERIC Number: EJ789088
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Apr
Pages: 17
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 25
ISSN: ISSN-1093-023X
A Three-Layered Cyclic Model of E-Learning Development and Evaluation
Lam, Paul; McNaught, Carmel
Journal of Interactive Learning Research, v19 n2 p313-329 Apr 2008
Evaluation is often depicted as being in a cyclic relationship, together with the planning, development, and implementation aspects of e-learning in higher education. This article supports this view and elaborates the multiple roles evaluation can have. We present a three-layered cyclic model developed during an e-learning support project: e3Learning (e3L). Formative evaluation can refine e-learning planning and development before implementation; however, the emphasis of this article is on the contributions of summative evaluation. Experiences during the e3L project reveal two key roles of evaluation from summative data: (a) Evaluation assists teachers in improving their e-learning strategies in further rounds of planning and development; and (b) evaluation can also provide evidence through meta-analyses across projects, which can feed into overall e-learning planning, development and evaluation strategies. (Contains 2 figures and 5 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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