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Editors: Arthur T. Weston
Book Description:
Education in this country has evolved dramatically from the days of one teacher in a one-room schoolhouse. Today, student learning is no longer confined to a physical space. Computers and the Internet have broken through school walls, giving students greater opportunities to personalize their education, access distant resources, receive extra help or more-challenging assignments, and engage in learning in new and unique ways. This book provides a new look at the relatively new enterprise of online learning in the K–12 arena, which is expanding rapidly, with increasing numbers of providers offering services and more students choosing to participate. As with any education program, online learning initiatives must be held accountable for results. Thus, it is critical for students and their parents, as well as administrators, policymakers, and funders to have data informing them about program and student outcomes and, if relevant, about how well a particular program compares to traditional education models. Rigorous evaluations are essential to this process and are included in this book. They identify whether programs and online resources are performing as promised, and equally important, they can point to areas for improvement.

Table of Contents:
Preface
Foreword
Acknowledgments
Introduction

Part I: Challenges of Evaluating Online Learning

Chapter 1. Meeting the Needs of Multiple Stakeholders, pp. 16-21
Chapter 2. Building on the Existing Base of Knowledge, pp. 23-34
Chapter 3. Evaluating Multifaceted Online Resources, pp. 35-42
Chapter 4. Finding Appropriate Comparison Groups, pp. 43-52
Chapter 5. Solving Data Collection Problems, pp. 53-62
Chapter 6. Interpreting the Impact of Program Maturity, pp. 63-67
Chapter 7. Translating Evaluation Findings Into Action, pp. 69-77

Part II: Recommendations for Evaluating Online Learning

Chapter 8. General Recommendations, pp. 81-90
Chapter 9. Featured Online Learning Evaluations, pp. 91-95

Appendix A: Resources, pp. 97-102
Appendix B: Research Methodology, pp. 103-106

Glossary of Common Evaluation Terms
Notes
Index

   Series:
      Education in a Competitive and Globalizing World
   Binding: Hardcover
   Pub. Date: 2009
   Pages: 120 pp.
   ISBN: 978-1-60741-107-9
   Status: AV
  
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