Year 2005, Volume 6 , Issue 1, Pages 60 - 75 2005-03-01

Objective Evaluation in an Online Geographic Information System Certificate Program

Scott L. WALKER [1]


Departmental decisions regarding distance education programs can be subject to subjective decision-making processes influenced by external factors such as strong faculty opinions or pressure to increase student enrolment. This paper outlines an evaluation of a departmental distance-education program. The evaluation utilized several methods that strived to inject objectivity in evaluation and subsequent decision-making. A rapid multi-modal approach included evaluation methods of (1) considering the online psychosocial learning environment, (2) content analyses comparing the online version of classes to face-to-face versions, (3) cost comparisons in online vs. face-to-face classes, (4) student outcomes, (5) student retention, and (6) benchmarking. These approaches offer opportunities for departmental administrators and decision-making committees to make judgments informed by facts rather than being influenced by the emotions, beliefs, or opinions of organizational dynamics.
Evaluation, Distance Education, Certificate Program, Geography
Primary Language en
Journal Section Articles
Authors

Author: Scott L. WALKER

Dates

Application Date : February 27, 2015
Acceptance Date : June 19, 2021
Publication Date : March 1, 2005

APA Walker, S . (2005). Objective Evaluation in an Online Geographic Information System Certificate Program . Turkish Online Journal of Distance Education , 6 (1) , 60-75 . Retrieved from https://dergipark.org.tr/en/pub/tojde/issue/16927/176696