A Three-Layered Cyclic Model of E-Learning Development and Evaluation
Paul Lam, Carmel McNaught, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong
Journal of Interactive Learning Research Volume 19, Number 2, ISSN 1093-023X Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Waynesville, NC
Evaluation is often depicted as being in a cyclic relationship, together with the planning, development, and implementation aspects of e-learning in higher education. This article supports this view and elaborates the multiple roles evaluation can have. We present a three-layered cyclic model developed during an e-learning support project: e3Learning (e3L). Formative evaluation can refine e-learning planning and development before implementation; however, the emphasis of this article is on the contributions of summative evaluation. Experiences during the e3L project reveal two key roles of evaluation from summative data: (a) Evaluation assists teachers in improving their e-learning strategies in further rounds of planning and development; and (b) evaluation can also provide evidence through meta-analyses across projects, which can feed into overall e-learning planning, development and evaluation strategies.
Lam, P. & McNaught, C. (2008). A Three-Layered Cyclic Model of E-Learning Development and Evaluation. Journal of Interactive Learning Research, 19(2), 313-329. Waynesville, NC: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).
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