Programme Evaluation in Open and Distance Learning

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Presentaion made in a workshop on Programme Evaluation in 2007 at IGNOU

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Programme Evaluation in Open and Distance Learning

  1. 1. Programme Evaluation: Understanding the design
  2. 2. The Big Question… How to do programme evaluation?
  3. 3. Evaluation is not to prove, but to improve “ ”
  4. 4. Programme evaluation is not course evaluation…
  5. 5. <ul><li>A systematic gathering, analysis and reporting of data about a programme to assist decision-making. </li></ul>What is programme evaluation?
  6. 6. Programme evaluation is not end of event exercise…
  7. 7. A Programme Evaluation Framework Focus Methods Tools Analysis Reporting Purpose Stakeholders Areas: COAT Time Data Collection Plan Qualitative Quantitative Sampling Checklists Questionn- aires Interview schedules Observation sheets Pre-test Data Colle- ction Analysis Interpretation Action Plan Reporting Questions Blueprint Tools Findings Decisions
  8. 8. Example of Focus <ul><li>Purpose: </li></ul><ul><li>To improve the operation of the existing programme </li></ul><ul><li>To assess the impact of the programme </li></ul><ul><li>To maintain and assure quality </li></ul><ul><li>To decide on continuing with the programme </li></ul><ul><li>Any other? </li></ul>
  9. 9. Example of Focus <ul><li>Stakeholders: </li></ul><ul><li>Students </li></ul><ul><li>Academic Counsellors </li></ul><ul><li>Faculty </li></ul><ul><li>Subject Matter Experts </li></ul><ul><li>Employers </li></ul><ul><li>Study Centre staff/ support staff </li></ul><ul><li>Society </li></ul>
  10. 10. COAT Questions <ul><li>Components: What are the components of the programme? Need to cover all… </li></ul><ul><li>Outcomes: What the programme is intended to achieve? </li></ul><ul><li>Activities: What activities are performed during the programme delivery? And how are they organized? </li></ul><ul><li>Target Groups: For whom the programme is designed, and what are their needs? </li></ul>
  11. 11. Example of Focus <ul><li>Components: </li></ul><ul><li>Print materials </li></ul><ul><li>Support services </li></ul><ul><li>Academic counselling </li></ul><ul><li>Electronic resource support </li></ul><ul><li>Assignment and interactions </li></ul><ul><li>Project work supervision </li></ul><ul><li>Practical facilities </li></ul><ul><li>Post qualification placement </li></ul><ul><li>Any other? </li></ul>
  12. 12. Example of Focus <ul><li>Outcomes: (eg. B. Ed.) </li></ul><ul><li>To increase the number of trained teachers in the country </li></ul><ul><li>To improve the quality of teaching-learning at school level </li></ul><ul><li>Any other? </li></ul>
  13. 13. Example of Focus <ul><li>Activities: </li></ul><ul><li>Entrance Test </li></ul><ul><li>Admission </li></ul><ul><li>Supply of learning materials </li></ul><ul><li>Academic counselling </li></ul><ul><li>Practice teaching </li></ul><ul><li>Workshop </li></ul><ul><li>Assignments </li></ul><ul><li>Term-end evaluation </li></ul>
  14. 14. Example of Focus <ul><li>Target Group: </li></ul><ul><li>In-service teachers with 2 years experience of teaching in secondary schools </li></ul><ul><li>Needs of the target group addressed? </li></ul>
  15. 15. To conclude… Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Willing is not enough; we must do. -- Goethe
  16. 16. The Question still remains… HOW

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