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  1. An Evaluation of Media-based Online Courses and Emerging Course Criteria Lisa Cheney-Steen, Academic Dean, Colorado Community Colleges Online Rhonda M. Epper, Director of Online Program Development, Community College of Denver

  2. Monterey Institute for Technology and Education (MITE) • Online Course Evaluation Project (OCEP) • MI-TE is an educational non-profit that promotes the development and distribution of high-quality online courses

  3. Online Course Evaluation Project (OCEP) • First phase funded by The William C. and Flora Hewlett Foundation • Collaboration with EduTools and WCET • Identify and evaluate online courses in higher education and Advanced Placement. • Develop a set of selection criteria to define developers and courses to evaluate

  4. Online Course Evaluation Project (OCEP)[slide two] • Develop a set of objective categories for evaluation of online course and content • Examine courses to determine if they meet a high level of scholarship, scope, instructional design and interoperability (technology) • Includes assessment of the course developer’s development and operational models for ensuring course distribution and sustainability

  5. Course and Developer Selection Criteria • Curricular Courses • Object Architecture • Development Model • Content Model • Multimedia Rich • Course Investment

  6. Developers Surveyed • Surveyed over 170 developers • Online educational organizations and virtual schools • Individual educational institutions and programs • Private/commercial course developers • Educational publishers • First phase of evaluation included 15 developers

  7. Evaluation of Online AP Courses • Multiple partners • Western Consortium for Accelerated Learning Opportunities (WCALO), a project of WICHE, funded by US Dept of Education. • WCET (EduTools) • Monterey Institute (OCEP)

  8. Evaluation of Online AP Courses WCALO’s Goal “…to increase the number of low-income students who are enrolling and succeeding in advanced placement courses and tests.” WCALO identified a need to assist school administrators & teachers in selecting online AP courses for their students

  9. Evaluation of Online AP Courses WCALO and WCET’s EduTools are partnering to create a “pilot” EduTools site with reviews of online AP courses • 14 courses reviewed in four subject areas: • Biology, Calculus AB, US History, English Lit. • 5 course providers/developers • Wide range of development investment

  10. The Evaluation Categories and Process • The Evaluation Team • Project Director • Course Evaluator • Academic Evaluator • Technology Evaluator • Course Developer Review and Comment

  11. The Evaluation Categories and Process • Categories organized into 7 major divisions • Scope and Scholarship • User Interface • Course Features and Production Values • Assessments and Test Items • Instructor and Learner • Technology • Distribution Model • Each category is defined and consistent guidelines provided for evaluators

  12. Course Development Trends • Course development models • Faculty-driven, supported, and centralized • Content development models • Textbook-centric, content online, multimedia • Use of multimedia • Investment models • Focus on learning object architecture and interoperability

  13. Course Evaluation Trends • Content is most important, CMS less important • Use of multimedia, experiential exercises, and game playing as integral component of the dissemination of content rather than an ancillary feature • Learning object development and centralized storage of content • Interoperability, greater distribution

  14. Next Phase of OCEP • Undergoing revision of the research design • Revise evaluation categories per feedback • More detailed training for evaluators to ensure consistency • Expand developers and courses to be evaluated • Launch public access to information

  15. An Evaluation of Media-based Online Courses and Emerging Course Criteria Lisa Cheney-Steen, Academic Dean Colorado Community College Online Lisa.Cheney-Steen@cccs.edu Butch Gemin Monterey Institute for Technology and Education bgemin@montereyinstitute.org www.montereyinstitute.org