Carteret Community College Title III Grant

October 26, 2010

IUPUI 2010: Assessing Distance Learning

Filed under: Conferences,Presentations — Donald Staub @ 10:52 am


Click on image to download ppt

On October 26th, I’ll be presenting on the assessment of distance learning at the 2010 IUPUI Assessment Institute .  This is something that I’ve been working on  (and presenting on) for over a year now (and I’m very grateful to the planning committee at this esteemed conference for allowing me to present “the latest”).

Because this is a work-in-progress, each time I present, there are differences – to the data, and to the way that I’m interpreting the results (both qualitatively and quantitatively).  While I may be exploring this issue from a community college issue, I believe that this presentation has relevance to all higher education institutions: How do we know that what we’re teaching is actually being learned?

This started out as reaction of sorts to the question we were having to answer for our accrediting body (SACS): What are you doing to ensure quality control of your distance learning program?  This is still a major portion of this presentation.  But as I dig deeper into this issue,  I am spending more time at the course and program level and am trying to determine what is going on there.  And, if I may say so, it’s a darn good thing that SACS is pushing us to look more closely at this issue because as I look more closely at it at our (relatively small) school, I see wide variation in how instructors approach assessment in, and of, their DL courses.

If you would like to download a copy of the powerpoint, click on the image at the top of this posting.

Other relevant items  discussed during the session – that you may be interested in looking at – can be found below.

Relevant documents referred to in this presentation:

  • The Quality Assessment Plan (QAP) for evaluating and certifying distance learning courses before they go “live”
  • SACS Policy on Distance Learning:

  • Distance Learning Program Evaluations:


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