Program Evaluation in Distance Education
Delivery Mode: Online course using Moodle
Credits: 3 - Elective
Prerequisite: MDDE 601, MDDE 602 for MEd program students only
Availability: All terms
In Program Evaluation in Distance Education MDDE 617 you will be introduced to the field of program evaluation, which spans a number of social science disciplines including education and training, nursing and medical education, social work, military training, and business. The course is designed to increase the student’s knowledge and understanding of major forms, approaches, and models of program evaluation and applying that knowledge in the production of a program evaluation proposal.
The course is based on the following goals:
- discuss how the roots of program evaluation lie in research, particularly scientific measurement.
- describe the purposes, uses, and essential activities of various forms of program evaluation.
- outline the historical emergence of program evaluation and its role in distance education
- discuss a variety of theoretical frameworks and models of program evaluation
- discuss aspects of planning in relation to various program evaluation models
- discuss the methodology associated with various program evaluation forms and models
- develop a proposal for the evaluation of a distance education program.
This course is divided into five units.
- Unit 1 Overview of History and Theory of Program Evaluation
- Unit 2 Program Evaluation Models and Approaches
- Unit 3 Program Evaluation Forms and Purposes
- Unit 4 Program Evaluation Methods and Applications
- Unit 5 Program Evaluation and Distance Education
Online Study Guide
Fitzpatrick, J. L., Sanders, J. R., & Worthen, B. R. (2010). Program evaluation: Alternative approaches and practical guidelines. White Plains, NY: Longman, (eText).
Owen, J. M., & Rogers, P. J. (1999). Program evaluation: Forms and approaches. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.
Case Study Text
The Case Study Text contains mostly fictitious evaluation requests for proposals, proposals, and evaluation reports. Selected cases are used to guide the discussion forums and course assignments.
|Assignment 1: Evaluation plan and standards/criteria specification.||25%|
|Assignment 2: Critique of an evaluation report using five forms of program evaluation.||25%|
|Assignment 3: Development of program evaluation proposal.||35%|
Athabasca University reserves the right to amend course outlines occasionally and without notice. Courses offered by other delivery methods may vary from their individualized-study counterparts.
Updated August 02 2017 by Student & Academic Services