A Comprehensive Evaluation Model for Cumputer Based Educaton
As opportunities to use computers in learning laboratory settings increase,
directors will be faced with the problem of assisting faculty to select and evaluate the
most appropriate courseware for their needs. This article presents a comprehensive
evaluation model that could be applied for computer based education programs in a
variety of arts and sciences areas. The model includes a pre-implementation stage.
This stage determines program compatibility, content evaluation and hardware
considerations. A second stage considers formative evaluation, continued availability
of equipment and the recording of time records. Finally, the last phase, summative
evaluation, includes collecting student attitudes, assessing cost effectiveness,
determining external influences and finally, suggesting ways of reaching a decision of
worth. The implementation of this model should provide a system where students
could work with computer programs of a proven quality. Also, learning laboratory
directors and faculty could show a certain level of accountability towards spending
money on computer software or courseware.