Evaluating e-learning courses

Evaluating online courses can be a challenge, but you can certainly develop template to evaluate the structure and quality of some online courses.

We offer a service to clients for evaluating their courses against a number of metrics, and it’s never an easy process, although it is without doubt a valuable one!

I quite like the OCAT (Online Course Assessment Tool) from Western Carolina University, which is now in it’s second version.

http://www.wcu.edu/WebFiles/PDFs/facultycenter_OCAT_v2.0_25apr07.pdf

For me, personally, and a business person, the three ratings of Evident, Not Evident, and Not Applicable are far too politically correct.  It’s a bit like telling Students they are Competent, Nearly Competent, or Not Yet Competent.  Perhaps with University staff anything more critical than “Not Evident” would be politically incorrect.  As a business person however, I have little respect for people who want to live in Ivory Towers, and our evaluation rating are a lot more critical (in the truest meaning) than this.  As a manager, as a business, anyone commissioning an evaluation of online courses needs to know the good, the bad, and the ugly.  It’s about student (customer) service, and providing value for money.

I also like Criteria for Evaluating 
the Quality of Online Courses by Clayton Wright from Edmonton, Alberta, Canada (and I once spent a great couple of weeks there exploring Edmonton, Alberta, and the Dinosaur Provincial Park and the amazing Royal Tyrrell Museum.

I think this is more of a document one could give to staff before carrying out a review or evaluation of courses.  It’s more accessible and friendly, and appears to refer to some Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0 as well as pedagogic focus.

http://elearning.typepad.com/thelearnedman/ID/evaluatingcourses.pdf

Stuart Mealor

Managing Director at HRDNZ
Stuart is interested in all things e-learning, with specific interests in Moodle, e-learning strategy, and business development.His experience in education over 30 years, MBA in International Business, and knowledge of e-learning systems implementation, together with graphic design background, give him a unique skill set for e-learning projects.

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