Evaluation in Distance Education and E-Learning: The Unfolding Model

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Guilford Press, Dec 4, 2008 - Education - 306 pages
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With the rapid proliferation of distance education and e-learning courses, the need is growing for a comprehensive, professional approach to evaluating their effectiveness. This indispensable book offers a road map to guide evaluation practice in these innovative learning environments. Providing practical, step-by-step guidelines and tools for conducting evaluation studies—including how to deal with stakeholders, develop surveys and interview protocols, collect other scientific evidence, and analyze and blend mixed-methods data—the work also features a template for writing high-quality reports. The "unfolding model" developed by the authors draws on Messick's influential assessment framework and applies it to program evaluation. Two case studies of actual programs (a distance learning course and an e-learning course) demonstrate the unfolding model in action.

 

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Contents

Chapter 1
1
Chapter 2
23
Chapter 3
41
Chapter 4
73
Chapter 5
93
Chapter 6
117
Chapter 7
165
Chapter 8
213
Appendix A
247
Appendix B
251
Appendix C
261
References
265
Author Index
290
Subject Index
296
About the Authors
306
Copyright

Chapter 9
237

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About the author (2008)

Valerie Ruhe is an Evaluation Studies Specialist at the University of British Columbia. Previously, she was an Assessment and Evaluation Consultant at the Center for Teaching and Learning, University of Minnesota. She has 10 years of professional program evaluation experience in distance education, K-12, and higher education.

 

Bruno D. Zumbo is Professor of Measurement, Evaluation, and Research Methodology, and of Statistics at the University of British Columbia. He is widely published in research methodology, validity, and validation processes, as well as statistical science and program evaluation methodology. His work has had wide-ranging influence across many fields in the social, educational, and health sciences.


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