Components of Effective Evaluation in Online Learning Environments

Components of Effective Evaluation in Online Learning Environments

Steven R. Terrell (Nova Southeastern University, USA)
Copyright: © 2007 |Pages: 11
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59904-325-8.ch023
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Abstract

Dringus and Terrell (1999) defined evaluation in an OLE as: …an iterative process for assessing the efficacy and validity of online learning environments (OLEs). Evaluation should take place from the conceptual stage of OLE development through the measurement of learning outcomes of an online course. Accurate and ongoing assessments of learners, teachers, the instructional process, the course content, and the OLE as an entity will include a combination of formative and summative evaluations for each of these components and their effectiveness as a unit. (p. 61) Other authors (e.g., Bunderson, 2003; Govindasamy, 2001; Hirumi, 2000; Khan, 2000; Williams, 1999) have addressed similar issues on a conceptual and theoretical level, but there is a need for further examination at the application level.

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