Handbook of Distance Education

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Evaluating Distance Education
Programs
Melody M. Thompson
The Pennsylvania State University
mmt2@outreach.psu.edu
Modupe E. Irele
The Pennsylvania State University
mei106@outreach.psu.edu

INTRODUCTION

As with any other educational activity, distance education programs must be subjected to periodic evaluations. Monitoring the value and effectiveness of programs is necessary to (a) justify the initial investment of resources; (b) ensure that goals are being met; (c) guide improvement of both processes and outcomes; and (d) provide a basis for decisions to continue, expand, or discontinue programs. Unfortunately—and again as with other educational activities—evaluation of distance education programming is too often poorly designed and/or underfunded; it is more of an afterthought than an integral part of planning and implementation.


WHY EVALUATE? THE CONTEXT FOR EVALUATION

The global educational context is changing rapidly. Programs, institutions, and societies need to make significant decisions as to how they wish to influence or shape the changes that are occurring and/or be shaped by them. Intentional, planned, and thoughtful responses depend on the availability of sufficient actionable information, however. Evaluation activities are a vital source of such information.


Distance Education Past: Evaluation as the Basis for Acceptance

For years, within traditional institutions the impact of distance education programming on the institutional system as a whole was small (although the impact on individual lives was often great). Since the impact was minimal, the monitoring and evaluation of distance education programming tended to be of interest to the parent institution primarily as a means of ensuring that such programming did not detract from the reputation enjoyed by its traditional programming.

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