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Course structure and expectations

Each week has a similar structure that includes a step with an overview of the content and high level structure.

In addition to the content, the ‘References’ and ‘Want to know more’ sections provide useful resources. The learning activities consists of - ‘Talking points’, ‘Reflection points’ and the ‘Mini-evaluation task’.

As you progress through each week of the course, you will engage in a range of evaluation activities and resources - all of which will help you with application of an evaluation process in your practice and carry out a mini-evaluation task.

  • References: In each step you will also find a list of useful references to supplement the content in the course. If you work for an educational institution you may have direct access to the resources, otherwise your local library might be able to help you access them.

  • Want to know more: We try to provide free and open resources as core readings and other references (in the ‘Want to know more’ section) should be considered additional or optional resources which will be useful to get a more in-depth understanding of the topics and encourage you to go beyond the course.

  • Talking points: These are targeted questions which focus on the topics covered in that Step or Week. Engaging in discussion with other help you to gain a deeper learning experience through sharing your ideas with others from different discipline or professional contexts.

  • Reflection points: These are opportunities for you to stop and reflect independently.

  • Quizzes: At the end of each week will help to revise and consolidate your understanding of the week’s topic.

  • Discussions: These are for you to share your own experiences and ideas with other learners.

  • Mini-evaluation task: The mini-evaluation is where you apply what you learn to your own evaluation project. It is a key component of this course and it offers a unique opportunity for you to consider your practice systematically. Throughout the course we cover concepts about evaluation, tools, sources and approaches and some definitions of student experience. This information will help you to think about, design and implement an evaluation of your practice.

It is ‘mini’ because you will have limited time to consider what to evaluate, how to implement it and reflect on the findings. More information is available in Step 1.6.

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We strongly encourage you to interact with other participants on this course at every opportunity. You can also use the course hashtag, #FLenhanceLT, to contribute to the discussions on social networks.


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Nevo, D. (1983). The Conceptualization of Educational Evaluation: An Analytical Review of the Literature. Review of Educational Research, 53. pp. 117-128.

Harvey, J. (Ed). (1998). Evaluation cookbook. Edinburgh: Learning Technology Dissemination Initiative Institute for Computer Based Learning, Heriot-Watt University.

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