Evaluation Strategies for Open and Distributed Learning Environments

Evaluation Strategies for Open and Distributed Learning Environments

Thomas C. Reeves (The University of Georgia, USA) and John G. Hedberg (Macquarie University, Australia)
Copyright: © 2007 |Pages: 10
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59904-325-8.ch022
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Abstract

Evaluation falls into the category of those often neglected human practices such as exercise and eating right. All of us involved in education or training know that we should engage in systematic evaluation when designing or implementing any type of learning environment, but we rarely get around to it. Perhaps this lapse stems from the fact that most instructional design models such as the ubiquitous ADDIE (Analysis, Design, Development, Implementation, and Evaluation) model (Molenda, 2003) appear to suggest that we can postpone evaluation until the end of the process. Whatever the reason, evaluation often remains in the realm of promises made, but not kept, such as “I’ll eat better tomorrow.”

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