Title: The four-stage evaluation model for the construction of excellent quality online courses

Authors: Zhixuan Liu

Addresses: Department of Business, Shaanxi Radio and TV University, Xi'an, Shaanxi, 710119, China

Abstract: The online course is the core of the construction of distance educational and teaching resources, and it is the foundation to meet the needs of different levels and different types of learners. The optimisation of online courses' quality is significant to realise educational equity, and to meet learners' needs of autonomous learning. A four-stage evaluation model, which includes diagnostic evaluation, process evaluation, summative evaluation, and feedback evaluation, is proposed in this paper to guarantee the development and realisation of high quality online courses. This paper describes the components of the model and how the model has been successfully used in the construction of a sample course.

Keywords: course quality; online courses; evaluation models; diagnostic evaluation; process evaluation; terminal evaluation; feedback evaluation; four-stage models; distance learning; educational resources; teaching resources; learning needs; learners; educational equity; autonomous learning; summative evaluation; course development; course realisation; Shaanxi Radio and TV University; universities; higher education; television; continuing education; life-long learning; engineering education; e-learning; electronic learning; online learning; internet; world wide web; online courses; China.

DOI: 10.1504/IJCEELL.2012.047048

International Journal of Continuing Engineering Education and Life-Long Learning, 2012 Vol.22 No.1/2, pp.49 - 58

Available online: 25 May 2012 *

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