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Evaluating Online Learning: Challenges and Strategies for Success
July 2008

This publication features seven evaluations of online learning programs or resources. The evaluations represent variety both in method of evaluation and in the program or resource that was examined.


Table of Contents

1.  Title Page
2.  Illustrations
3.  Foreword
4.  Acknowledgements
5.  Introduction
 
Common Challenges of Evaluating Online Learning
The Featured Evaluations
What's in This Guide
6.  Part I
Challenges of Evaluating Online Learning
 
Meeting the Needs of Multiple Stakeholders
Building on the Existing Base of Knowledge
Evaluating Multifaceted Online Resources
Finding Appropriate Comparison Groups
Solving Data Collection Problems
Interpreting the Impact of Program Maturity
Translating Evaluation Findings Into Action
7.  PART II
Recommendations For Evaluating Online Learning
 
General Recommendations
Recommendations for Meeting the Needs of Multiple Stakeholders
Recommendations for Utilizing and Building on the Existing Base of Knowledge
Recommendations for Evaluating Multifaceted Resources
Recommendations for Programs Considering a Comparison Study
Recommendations for Gathering Valid Evaluation Data
Recommendations for Taking Program Maturity Into Account
Recommendations for Translating Evaluation Findings Into Action
8.  Featured Online Learning Evaluations
9.  APPENDIX A
Resources
 
Distance Learning
Evaluation Methods and Tools
Resources From Higher Education
10.  APPENDIX B
Research Methodology
11.  Glossary of Common Evaluation Terms
12.  Notes

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