1 The Value in Evaluation D oes your e - learning work ? How much does your e - learning project benefit your organization and your learners ? Is e - learning a wise investment or a waste of corporate resources ?
Author: William Horton
Publisher: American Society for Training and Development
Category: Business & Economics
This book "is designed to answer some of the most fundamental questions surrounding e-learning today : does e-learning work? How much does e-learning benefit both the organization and its learners? Is e-learning a wise investment or a waste of corporate resources?" - inside cover.
Table 6.1 Evaluation and research goals at different stages of the e-learning life cycle Scenario Description Goal A B1 B2 B3 Researching and evaluating how a new technology can be used in teaching and learning Discovery Observation ...
Author: Rob Phillips
How can novice e-learning researchers and postgraduate learners develop rigorous plans to study the effectiveness of technology-enhanced learning environments? How can practitioners gather and portray evidence of the impact of e-learning? How can the average educator who teaches online, without experience in evaluating emerging technologies, build on what is successful and modify what is not? By unpacking the e-learning lifecycle and focusing on learning, not technology, Evaluating e-Learning attempts to resolve some of the complexity inherent in evaluating the effectiveness of e-learning. The book presents practical advice in the form of an evaluation framework and a scaffolded approach to an e-learning research study, using divide-and-conquer techniques to reduce complexity in both design and delivery. It adapts and builds on familiar research methodology to offer a robust and accessible approach that can ensure effective evaluation of a wide range of innovative initiatives, including those covered in other books in the Connecting with e-Learning series. Readers will find this jargon-free guide is a must-have resource that provides the proper tools for evaluating e-learning practices with ease.
Author: Nicole A. Buzzetto-MorePublish On: 2007-01-01
The adoption of standards and guidelines for the design and evaluation of learning objects is an important means of ... The goal of this chapter is to encourage the establishment of guidelines and a method for evaluating e-learning ...
Author: Nicole A. Buzzetto-More
Publisher: Informing Science
Category: Blended learning
With the global academic community currently focused on student learning outcomes achievement, assessment, and continuous improvement, e-learning strategies provide effective measures than can assist educators and educational administrators in the satisfaction of key objectives. Whether it is creating and incorporating simulations, building courses and curriculum, engaging in virtual team building, managing online programs, concept mapping, developing an electronic portfolio program, creating active training environments, determining the instructors role, problem solving, evaluating online learning, or using e-learning to build an effective assessment program this book will prove to be an indispensable resource. Geared towards administrators, key decision makers, educators experienced with e-learning, and instructional technology students, it marries the leading literature and prevailing ideologies with best practices illustrated by notable real-world examples.
Organizations initiate e-learning evaluation efforts with the best of intentions, but sometimes the evaluations fail to reach completion. The following list includes many of the most common errors: □ Failure to initiate evaluation ...
Publisher: American Society for Training and Development
Category: Business & Economics
To be successful, you must be able to quantify the results of your outcomes. In volume 4, you'll learn how to accurately measure the success of your training programs. Detailed sections show you how to collect data, conduct focus groups, and calculate your return on investment--all the steps you need to evaluate learning outcomes.
This essential book provides effective, working examples to engages learners with authentic tasks in online learning settings.
Author: Jan Herrington
Part of the groundbreaking Connecting with e-Learning series, A Guide to Authentic e-Learning provides effective, working examples to engage learners with authentic tasks in online settings. As technology continues to open up possibilities for innovative and effective teaching and learning opportunities, students and teachers are no longer content to accept familiar classroom or lecture-based pedagogies that rely on information delivery and little else. Situated and constructivist theories advocate that learning is best achieved in circumstances resembling the real-life application of knowledge. While there are multiple learning design models that share similar foundations, authentic e-learning tasks go beyond process to become complex, sustained activities that draw on realistic situations to produce realistic outcomes. A Guide to Authentic e-Learning: develops the conceptual framework for authentic learning tasks in online environments provides practical guidance on design, implementation, and evaluation of authentic e-learning tasks includes case studies and examples of outcomes of using authentic e-learning tasks Written for teaching professionals in Higher Education who teach online, A Guide to Authentic e-Learning offers concrete guidelines and examples for developing and implementing authentic e-learning tasks in ways that challenge students to maximize their learning. This essential book provides effective, working examples to engages learners with authentic tasks in online learning settings.
Both of these are too narrow to provide a reliable effect of the real impact of learning technology on the learning processes and lead to inconsistent findings.
Author: Lorenzo Vigentini
In recent years, learning technology has become a very important addition to the toolkit of instructors at any level of education and training. Not only offered as a substitute in distance education, but often complementing traditional delivery methods, e-learning is considered an important component of modern pedagogy. Particularly in the last decade, learning technology has seen a very rapid growth following the large-scale development and deployment of e-learning financed by both Governments and commercial enterprises. These turned e-learning into one of the most profitable sectors of the new century, especially in recession times when education and retraining have become even more important and a need to maximise resources is forced by the need for savings. Interestingly, however, evaluation of e-learning has been primarily based on the consideration of users' satisfaction and usability metrics (i.e. system engineering perspective) or on the outcomes of learning (i.e. gains in grades/task performance). Both of these are too narrow to provide a reliable effect of the real impact of learning technology on the learning processes and lead to inconsistent findings. The key purpose of this thesis is to propose a novel, data-driven framework and methodology to understand the effect of e-learning by evaluating the utility and effectiveness of e-learning systems in the context of higher education, and specifically, in the teaching of psychology courses. The concept of learning is limited to its relevance for students' learning in courses taught using a mixture of traditional methods and online tools tailored to enhance teaching. The scope of elearning is intended in a blended method of delivery of teaching. A large sample of over 2000 students taking psychology courses in year 1 and year 2 was considered over a span of 5 five years, also providing the scope for the analysis of some longitudinal sub-samples. The analysis is accomplished using a psychologically grounded approach to evaluation, partially informed by a cognitive/ behavioural perspective (online usage) and a differential perspective (measures of cognitive and learning styles). Relations between behaviours, styles and academic performance are also considered, giving an insight and a direct comparison with existing literature. The methodology adopted draws heavily from data mining techniques to provide a rich characterisation of students/users in this particular context from the combination of three types of metrics: cognitive and learning styles, online usage and academic performance. Four different instruments are used to characterise styles: ASSIST (Approaches to learning, Entwistle), CSI (Cognitive Styles Inventory, Allinson & Hayes), TSI (Thinking Styles Inventory and the mental self-government theory, Sternberg) and VICS-WA (Verbal/Imager and Wholistc/Analytic Cognitive style, Riding, Peterson) which were intentionally selected to provide a varied set of tools. Online usage, spanning over the entire academic year for each student, is analysed applying web usage mining (WUM) techniques and is observed through different layers of interpretation accounting for behaviours from the single clicks to a student's intentions in a single session. Academic performance was collated from the students' records giving an insight in the end-of-year grades, but also into specific coursework submissions during the whole academic year allowing for a temporal matching of online use and assessment. The varied metrics used and data mining techniques applied provide a novel evaluation framework based on a rich profile of the learner, which in turn offers a valuable alternative to regression methods as a mean to interpret relations between metrics. Patterns emerging from styles and the way online material is used over time, proved to be valuable in discriminating differences in academic performance and useful in this context to identify significant group differences in both usage and academic performance. As a result, the understanding of the relations between e-learning usage, styles and academic performance has important practical implications to enhance students' learning experience, in the automation of learning systems and to inform policymakers of the effects of learning technology has from a user and learner-centred approach to learning and studying. The success of the application of data mining methods offers an excellent starting point to explore further a data-driven approach to evaluation, support informed design processes of e-learning and to deliver suitable interventions to ensure better learning outcomes and provide an efficient system for institutions and organization to maximise the impact of learning technology for teaching and training.
Since the first edition of E-learning by Design, e-learning has evolved rapidly and fringe techniques have moved into the mainstream.
Author: William Horton
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
Category: Business & Economics
Since the first edition of E-learning by Design, e-learning has evolved rapidly and fringe techniques have moved into the mainstream. Underlying and underwriting these changes in e–learning are advances in technology and changes in society. The second edition of the bestselling book E-Learning by Design offers a comprehensive look at the concepts and processes of developing, creating, and implementing a successful e-learning program. This practical, down-to-earth resource is filled with clear information and instruction without over simplification. The book helps instructors build customized e-learning programs from scratch—building on core principles of instructional design to: develop meaningful activities and lessons; create and administer online tests and assessments; design learning games and simulations; and implement an individualized program. "Every newcomer to the field will find this edition indispensable, while professionals will find much needed contemporary information to manage the rapid changes happening in our field. Even if you own the first edition, buy this update as soon as possible." —Michael W. Allen, CEO of Allen Interactions, Inc.; author, Michael Allen's e-Learning Library Series "Covers the full range of options for presenting learning materials online—including designing useful topics, engaging activities, and reliable tests—and it takes into account the realities and issues of today's instructional designers, such as social learning and mobile learning." —Saul Carliner, associate professor, Concordia University; author, The E-Learning Handbook "Horton nails it! Perfectly timed, robust, and practical, this second edition of brings together the latest strategies for learning without losing its critical premise—technology enables e-learning, but great design makes it work." —Marc J. Rosenberg, e-learning strategist; author, Beyond E-Learning "An e-learning encyclopedia loaded with detailed guidelines and examples ranging from basic instructional design techniques to the latest applications in games, social media, and mobile-learning. An essential reference for anyone involved in e-learning design, development, or evaluation" —Ruth Colvin Clark, author, e-Learning and the Science of Instruction
This indispensable book offers a road map to guide evaluation practice in these innovative learning environments.
Author: Valerie Ruhe
Publisher: Guilford Press
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.
Assessing the quality of open and distance learning materials . Leicester , UK : National Institute of Adult Continuing Education . ( ERIC Document Reproduction Service No. ED459362 ) . Collis , B. ( 1998 ) . Building evaluation of ...
Author: Nada Dabbagh
Publisher: Prentice Hall
Jill couldn't help falling for Todd. He was handsome, charming, and they had incredible chemistry, but he had a wife, and they had an arrangement. Learning to live in a poly-amorous relationship was different for everyone involved. But they adjusted. Then entered Dean. Witty, romantic, and entirely available to be Jill's alone, he swept Jill off her feet in a way that would have answered her desires, but now only left her confused. A marriage proposal from Dean brought even more questions. Could Jill learn to be the one?
The Handbook of Research on Humanizing the Distance Learning Experience features empirical research on promoting the personalization of online learning courses through presence, emotionality, and interactivity within digital classrooms.
Author: Northcote, Maria
Publisher: IGI Global
Distance learning is becoming increasingly prevalent in educational settings around the world as it provides more flexibility and access to classes for students and educators alike. While online classrooms are proving to be popular, there is a significant gap in the personalization and humanization of these courses. The Handbook of Research on Humanizing the Distance Learning Experience features empirical research on promoting the personalization of online learning courses through presence, emotionality, and interactivity within digital classrooms. Highlighting best practices and evaluating student perceptions on distance learning, this handbook will appeal to researchers, educators, course designers, professionals, and administrators.