Training Educators to Design and Develop ODL Materials/Course Evaluation
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|Workshop Modules||Principles of ODL | ID Models | Needs Analysis | Developing Learners’ Profile | Methods of Delivery | Content Development Methodology for ODL | Types of Assessment in ODL | Developing a Student Guide | Relevant Technologies | Course Evaluation | Other Key Issues|
The main purpose is to judge the effectiveness of the course, teacher / facilitator / tutor delivery and other academic support. Then feedback can be provided to stakeholders in order to facilitate improvement in student learning and behaviour.
Evaluation is divided into formative and summative. Formative evaluation takes place early in the course. Asking students for feedback early in a course can be one of the most effective steps toward improving your teaching because it allows you to respond to the feedback while the course is still in progress. It is also an important way of ensuring that the course is meeting the needs of learners throughout the course and facilitates changes if the need arises.
1. The best time to conduct an evaluation of a course in progress is in the first 3-6 weeks of a full semester course or in the first 2-3 weeks of a mini-semester course.
This time frame gives students a reasonable sample of how you teach and how their learning is evaluated to make substantive comments. It allows you time to make adjustments and see their impact.
A method of judging the effectiveness of a course at the end of the course activities. The information acquired can be used in revising aspects of the course and inform new course development.
2. Timing is crucial if it is to serve the purpose. It is strongly recommended that it is done just before the final session.
The points below cover the four main steps in conducting an early course evaluation:
- Deciding when and how to distribute forms
- Forms for Faculty
- Forms for Teacher assistants
- Preparing and tabulating the data
- Interpreting the result
- Discussing the feedback
- Associate Lecturers / tutors
- Facilitators / Supervisors
- Sponsors and other stakeholders
3. Use a form that allows students to report on issues they consider important to their learning.
4. The use of simple, open-ended forms can provide lots of useful comments and suggestions and are appropriate in all types of classes.
See Sample Formsand Check the list below for possible variables: