Title

Evaluating courseware: a need for more context bound evaluations?

Document Type

Journal Article

Publisher

Australian Council for Computers in Education

Faculty

Learning and Development Services Centre

School

RD Strategic and Commercial Projects

RAS ID

2599

Comments

Hosie, P., & Schibeci, R. (2001). Evaluating courseware: A need for more context bound evaluations?. Australian Educational Computing, 16(2), 18-26.

Abstract

This paper reviews what different commentators have written about the evaluation of educational courseware, especially the recent suggestion that more 'context-bound' evaluations are needed. We draw on our experience of such an evaluation and hypothesise on the reasons for the lack of such evaluations. Examples of context-bound evaluations include an evaluation of the Climate courseware, developed by the Education Department of Western Australia some years ago, to illustrate the approach. This is contrasted by a desktop evaluation of courseware of the same name Climate, developed in the UK with a similar kind of context-bound evaluation of Where in the World is Carmen Sandiago? Reviews of the courseware From Alice to Ocean, The Gold Adventure, of context-bound evaluations are provided for illustrative the value of context-bound evaluations.

 
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