Blended Language Program Evaluation

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Palgrave Macmillan UK, Feb 29, 2016 - Education - 248 pages
With the ever-increasing integration of new technologies in face-to-face instructional settings, approaches to modern language education pose numerous challenges to program evaluation. Blended Language Program Evaluation introduces an argument-based approach to guide program evaluators and stakeholders through planning, conducting, and appraising evaluation projects that result in useful outcomes leading to program improvement. Written for program evaluators and language professionals alike, the book discusses theoretical underpinnings for the proposed framework and describes the specifics of its effectuation at each of the three program levels: micro, meso, and macro levels. To illustrate the utility, flexibility, and application of the framework for evaluating blended language programs, the book presents four case studies conducted in diverse international contexts.

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About the author (2016)

Paul Gruba is Senior Lecturer in applied linguistics at the University of Melbourne, Australia. His research interests include technology and language learning, second language listening, and multimodal discourse analysis. He is a co-author (with Don Hinkelman) of Blending technologies in second language classrooms (Palgrave Macmillan, 2012).

Monica S. Cárdenas-Claros is Adjunct Professor at the Instituto de Literatura y Ciencias del Lenguaje, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso, Chile. Her research interests include technology integration in second and foreign language classrooms, blended learning, and computer-based L2 listening.

Ruslan Suvorov is Language Technology Specialist at the Center for Language & Technology, University of Hawaii at M?noa, USA. His research interests lie in the areas of instructional technology and design, computer-assisted language learning and testing, blended and online language education, second language listening, and eye tracking.

Katherine Rick is Vice Dean at the Lincoln Qatief Female College, Saudi Arabia. Her research interests include program evaluation, educational leadership, educational technology, and blended learning.