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The Development of Effective Evaluation Methods for E-Learning: A Concept Paper and Action Plan


by Ellen Mandinach 2005

E-learning is an emerging field as a promising instructional medium as well as a ripe arena in which to conduct research on its impact on teaching and learning activities. The fundamental nature of e-learning as an instructional medium differs substantially from face-to-face delivery, thereby requiring new and hybrid methods for evaluating its impact. This article examines the characteristics of e-learning that make it unique and traces some of the emerging trends in the field. The article then discusses evaluation methodologies that might be potentially informative in the examination of how e-learning is beginning to affect teaching and learning processes.


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 107 Number 8, 2005, p. 1814-1836
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 12097, Date Accessed: 10/18/2017 9:58:24 PM

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  • Ellen Mandinach
    EDC Center for Children and Technology
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    ELLEN MANDINACH is the associate director for research for the EDC Center for Children and Technology. She received her Ph.D. in educational psychology from Stanford University in 1984. She has done extensive work in the field of educational technology. She was part of a team that wrote Remaking the Concept of Aptitude: Extending the Legacy of Richard E. Snow. She also was the primary author of Digital Transformation: A Framework for ICT Literacy, the product of an international panel of experts on information communication technology literacy. Her most recent work, with Margaret Honey and Katherine McMillan Culp, was A Retrospective on Twenty Years of Education Technology Policy, for the National Education Technology Plan.
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