• Summary
  • Contents
  • Subject index

What delivery methods are available to make education accessible to a wide variety of potential learners? What are their strengths and weaknesses? How can instructors create effective learning environments in distance courses? What support from administrators and staff is essential? What guidelines are used by accrediting agencies to assure program quality? This highly readable book by three experienced faculty members answers these questions and more. Both theoretical and practical, the book presents proven principles and research-based advice. Drawing upon their experience with a variety of delivery modes, the authors provide readers with tips they can use in designing, implementing, and evaluating distance courses and programs.

Program Evaluation
Program evaluation

In Chapter 9, we focused on assessing the performance of individual students to create a picture of their learning that they can use to improve their performance and that the institution can use to document their achievement. We now go from the individual level to the course or program level, where information from individuals is aggregated to summarize a group's progress and to draw conclusions about a program's effectiveness. Here, group may refer to any of a wide variety of student aggregations, such as at the course, group of courses, or program level, or to students grouped by sex, race/ethnicity, class year, major, place of residence, delivery mode, and so on.

At any level of aggregation, the focus is on the program (or ...

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