I wrote this quite a few years ago on an old LiveJournal blog but I’m putting it here for you to read, and for me to relive.
From http://elearnmag.org/subpage.cfm?section=tutorials&article=23-1 (of course, the link is gone now but it points to their site… it is from the ACM), here is a short list of objectives to shoot for in developing evaluations in the design of an on-line course. This also serves as more of a quick list for me to remember what it is I should be trying to do when I work with redesigning my course, whether on-line or not. More specifically, it is a list of frames from which to approach the evaluation.
- Use what you already know. (What I know is limited, but I’m using it.)
- Seek value and meaning. (Not always easy, but worthwhile.)
- Evaluation is an important part of a bigger picture. (I already do a mid-term ITB inventory.)
- Products and results are imporant; process is important too. (Too many faculty focus on having enough time to “cover all the material” and don’t seem to care about engaging and discussing with students.)
- Making it better is the ultimate aim.
How can one develop their course when there is so much reading pedagogy research that needs to be done?!