Reading group notes: Models for evaluating e-learning

Evaluating E-learning, A Guide to the Evaluation of E-learning, Graham Attwell, 2006 (Suzi) – Framework of factors to take into consideration, then lists 5-6 clusters of types of evaluation. Not much detail of how these types of evaluation actually work, but may be useful as a starting point. Section 6: SPEAK tool – used in community education – may be useful for “students as agents of change”. Section 9 – evaluating e-learning policies – gives guidelines and prompts for developing a set of questions with which to evaluate a policy. Section 10 – management-oriented evaluation – possibly worth a look during project planning.

Evaluation of e-learning courses– Institute of Education , 2008  (Roger)   Covers evaluating courses, wholly or partly online.  Aims to provide an overview of practical evaluation resources. And its target audience is academics at IOE. Includes a literature review.Recommendations:

  • Plan evaluation before the course starts
  • Collect feedback from all stakeholders including students, tutors, admins and tech support staff.   For staff this could be done on an ongoing basis through frequent team meetings, and an end of course survey
  • Collect student feedback during and at the end of the course
  • Consider all relevant aspects of the use of tech for t and l in the course e.g. usefulness of the  content, how well online  activities run e.g. timing, sequencing (could be blended), instructions, the user experience ( levels of engagement, tutor participation, workload)
  • Make use of the specific tools available in typical online tools e.g. course stats in BB to get an idea of levels of activity (not quality)

Suggested reading

There was discussion about this on the ALT list in May 2011. References given include: