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D4L Foundation Module

Instructional Design for Online Learning: Techniques and Pedagogy

Formative Evaluation

4 Step 7. Formative Evaluation

Step 7. Formative Evaluation:

  • Formative Evaluation: assessing the instruction itself; teacher performance, the design, the instructional materials, etc. & Options for formative evaluation. - Transcript (pdf) and Video (mp4):

We are almost there! In the Step 7 video below, Diane talks about the differences between formative and summative evaluation and considers a number of issues including how the teacher could be more effective.

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Key Points for Step 7

  • How will learners be evaluated? or How will the success or failure in achieving performance/learning objectives of the instruction be measured? Will you give tests or quizzes? Papers or Essays? Projects?
  • How will you verify that the learning which took place is used on the job or transferable to future learning situations? or how will instructional goals be measured or evaluated?
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