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Using Preliminary Risk Assessment in a Formative Evaluation

, Murdoch University, United States ; , The University of Georgia (Emeritus), United States ; , Murdoch University, Australia

EdMedia + Innovate Learning, in Victoria, Canada ISBN 978-1-939797-03-2 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Waynesville, NC


Risk assessment is used to identify potential hazards and prioritize those that may be most likely to have a significant impact. While widely used in the aviation, pharmaceutical, and chemical industries, formalized risk assessments are not often used for instructional interventions such as e-learning. As part of a formative evaluation for a new e-learning course, facilitators and design team members performed a risk assessment on topics related to the technology used in the course, the communication of mentors and participants, sustainability, and evaluation. With this information, the design team and mentors prepared a risk management plan, identifying ways to prevent unwanted events as well as to plan for contingencies in the case of their occurrence. The framework of the plan is described, together with details of its implementation in a formative evaluation of the course.


Vesper, J.L., Reeves, T. & Herrington, J. (2013). Using Preliminary Risk Assessment in a Formative Evaluation. In J. Herrington, A. Couros & V. Irvine (Eds.), Proceedings of EdMedia 2013--World Conference on Educational Media and Technology (pp. 407-412). Victoria, Canada: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE). Retrieved December 5, 2022 from .



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