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ERIC Number: EJ850077
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Aug
Pages: 24
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-1042-1629
Evaluating Online Learning Communities
Ke, Fengfeng; Hoadley, Christopher
Educational Technology Research and Development, v57 n4 p487-510 Aug 2009
This article reviews recent evaluation studies of online learning communities to provide a systematic understanding of how such communities are evaluated. Forty-two representative studies were selected and categorized into a newly developed taxonomy of online learning community evaluations. This taxonomy is divided into four components: evaluation purpose, evaluation approach, measures for evaluation, and evaluation techniques. The findings suggest that it is inappropriate to conceptualize evaluation of such communities as a one-size-fits-all, generalizable measure of "good" or "bad." Instead, we recommend a comprehensive, on-going, diagnostic approach to measuring clusters of indicators, or "syndromes", of a particular OLC and examining the causal relation assumed by the evaluators between what is measured and the success of OLC as an imputed outcome.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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