By Valerie Ruhe PhD, Bruno D. Zumbo PhD
With the speedy proliferation of distance schooling and e-learning classes, the necessity is transforming into for a accomplished, expert method of comparing their effectiveness. This essential ebook bargains a street map to steer assessment perform in those leading edge studying environments. supplying sensible, step by step guidance and instruments for accomplishing overview studies—including the right way to care for stakeholders, strengthen surveys and interview protocols, gather different clinical facts, and study and mix mixed-methods data—the paintings additionally includes a template for writing high quality stories. The "unfolding version" built by means of the authors attracts on Messick's influential evaluate framework and applies it to application evaluate. case experiences of exact courses (a distance studying direction and an e-learning direction) show the unfolding version in motion.
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However, there is a general consensus among both scholars and the former presidents of the American Evaluation Association (AEA) that theory should be used to guide practice (King, 2003; Mertens, 2004). 60). Program evaluation models serve as “road maps” to guide evaluation practice. Therefore, to plan and conduct evaluation projects, evaluators must understand the major theories that have shaped research and evaluation methods (Mertens, 2004). Models not only guide you to your destination, but they can also include important aspects of value, steps in the evaluation process, and strategies for success that may not be readily apparent.
In this chapter, we group or categorize evaluation models in distance education according to their relative emphasis on scientific evidence, values, and consequences. In doing so, we show that Messick’s (1989) model can be used as a model for distance education program evaluation. Criteria for Model Selection Because there are so many evaluation frameworks in distance education, we selected only models with a general application across diverse distance and e-learning contexts. We did not review models for specific programs or specific technologies such as video or multimedia.
Accreditation studies can help individuals make informed judgments about the quality of educational services from competing providers. , Deane’s, 2005, guide to choosing online courses) provide some assistance in navigating a bewildering array of choices. 32 EVALUATION IN DISTANCE EDUCATION AND E-LEARNING The Limitations of Using Methods without Models There are several limitations and constraints of using methods without models to guide program evaluation studies. First, the focus of methods is narrow, and evaluation studies guided only by methods do not lead to a comprehensive picture of merit and worth.
Evaluation in Distance Education and E-Learning: The Unfolding Model by Valerie Ruhe PhD, Bruno D. Zumbo PhD