Title

Evaluating the Impact of Technology: Workable Techniques

Document Type

Presentation

Presentation Date

Spring 2-2011

Conference Name

Annual Fort Wayne Teaching Conference

Conference Location

Fort Wayne, IN

Peer Review

Invited

Abstract

Evaluation, when viewed as measuring outcomes with statistically valid instruments and experimental groups, usually long after key decisions have already been made, almost insures that the evaluation of the effects of instructional technology is seldom accomplished. We suggest using a variety of techniques to encourage frequent evaluation.

In this presentation we describe an eclectic approach to evaluating the impact of the development and implementation of instructional technologies on teaching and learning. This approach features the following characteristics: a focus on satisfaction: integration of evaluation into the design process; the use of a variety of techniques; and the inclusion of a range of stakeholders. Techniques that will be discussed are: interviews, observation, field trial, minute papers, classroom artifacts, focus groups, surveys and peer faculty evaluation. By using several techniques, rather than relying on, for example, a single method such as a survey, answers to an array of evaluation questions may be found.

Keywords

technology assessment, instructional technology, design research

Disciplines

Educational Assessment, Evaluation, and Research

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