Evaluating Educational Technology Projects: Key Strategies and Lessons Learned
Neal Grandgenett, Neal Topp, Elliott Ostler, Bob Pawloski, University of Nebraska at Omaha, United States
Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference, in Atlanta, GA, USA ISBN 978-1-880094-52-5 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Chesapeake, VA
The evaluation of a multi-institutional educational technology project can indeed be a daunting task. Educational technology use within the project can be both a challenge and strength within the evaluation process, adding both variables to consider, as well as methodology tools to contribute. This brief paper will describe the formal evaluation strategies employed by the Office of Internet Studies at the University of Nebraska at Omaha over the last decade as it has monitored large-scale reform projects focused on educational technology. These strategies have included 1) developing a well-organized reporting system, 2) encouraging joint work on institutional assessments, 3) establishing an online format for reporting evaluation information, and 4) systematically returning feedback to the individual institutions. The presentation and paper will describe in detail, each of these four strategies, and reference examples of their integration within specific projects.
Grandgenett, N., Topp, N., Ostler, E. & Pawloski, B. (2004). Evaluating Educational Technology Projects: Key Strategies and Lessons Learned. In R. Ferdig, C. Crawford, R. Carlsen, N. Davis, J. Price, R. Weber & D. Willis (Eds.), Proceedings of SITE 2004--Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference (pp. 931-936). Atlanta, GA, USA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).