Delivery mode: Online course using Moodle
Credits: 3 - Elective
Prerequisites: MDDE 601, MDDE 602 for MEd program students only
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.
Throughout the course the following objectives are intended to guide your study.
discuss how the roots of program evaluation lie in research, particularly scientific measurement.
distinguish between program evaluation’s purposes, uses, and essential activities.
differentiate between formative and summative evaluation
distinguish between testing and evaluation
discuss the emergence of modern program evaluation in the 1960s
describe five theoretical frameworks for program evaluation
describe the six categories of program evaluation models
relate the six model categories to distinct evaluation beliefs/theories
delineate evaluation models in relation to the program evaluation continuum
discuss aspects of planning in relation to the various program evaluation models
describe the five forms of program evaluation
relate the five forms of program evaluation to distinct evaluation purposes
delineate evaluation forms in relation to the program continuum
discuss aspects of program planning in relation to the various forms of program evaluation
discuss integration of evaluation forms and models
discuss methodological issues pertaining to the various program evaluation forms and models
distinguish between quantitative and qualitative data and the complementary use of both data forms in evaluation
describe when, why and how to implement the various data collection activities
develop and provide a rationale for evaluation questions
develop and justify evaluation standards and criteria
discuss the unique challenges of evaluation at a distance
describe specific applications of program evaluation to distance education
develop a proposal for an 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
In addition to this Study Guide for MDDE 617, your course materials include the following:
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. It is authored by the course designer, and selected cases will be used to guide both discussion forums and course assignments.
Online discussion forums, 3 of 5
Early access to the Learning Management System, Moodle, begins a few days before the official start date of your course, at that time you will have limited access to the course. On the Official Start Date of the course, instructors will be available and the discussion forums will automatically become active.
Last updated by MM October 12, 2016