Evaluating Technology-Based Instruction (TBI)
Mabel C.P.O. Okojie (Mississippi State University, USA), Tinukwa C. Okojie-Boulder (Mississippi State University, USA) and James Boulder (Mississippi State University, USA)
Copyright: © 2008
Decades ago, instructional evaluation has in most cases focused on the objectives of the lesson, methods of delivering instruction, and outcome learning. This form of evaluation focuses primarily on teaching and learning process within the confines of the classroom and does not include all the factors that impact learning outcome. Instructional practice and its evaluation process are becoming more complex with the application of technology into pedagogy. In order to identify areas of success or failure, all aspects of technologybased instruction need to be evaluated. It is therefore important to evaluate instructional technology as part of a pedagogical process and not as a single, isolated unit. It is also important that technology being used to facilitate instruction be evaluated to determine its appropriateness in meeting the needs of the students and the goals of the instruction.
Key Terms in this Chapter
Physical Environment of Technology-based Instruction: Refers to the learning setting or classroom where technology-based learning is implemented and the condition of the classroom. It refers to the condition of the classroom such as temperature, the condition of the floor, desks, chairs, lighting, space available for instruction, and for storage including the position of the teaching station and so forth.
Pedagogical Processes: These include the selection of the lesson objectives, methods of instruction, methods of assessing instruction, course enrichment programs, follow-up activities, and feedback.
Technology-based Learning: Learning in which teachers use technology to teach and learners learn with aid of technology.
Technology-based Evaluation: The process of judging the success or failure of technology integration. Such evaluation covers theoretical framework upon which the application of technology is justified, including the physical environment of the instructional classroom.
Integration of Technology: The use and application of technology into teaching/learning for the purpose of facilitating and enhancing learning. Technology includes all the artifacts and equipment, including software and hardware computer technologies employed in education, in order to facilitate teaching/learning.
Computer Software: Computer applications and programs, such as database packages, that can run on a specific computer system