Development and implementation of an assessment framework for the online instruction in engineering technology

Harpal Dhillon, Sohail Anwar

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Recent advances in the design of online courses, incorporating multi-media, have enhanced the effectiveness and acceptability of web-based online learning systems. For the past five years, Excelsior College, located in New York, has been using web-based asynchronous distance learning systems as the primary mode of instruction for the predominantly nontraditional adult student population of the college. To ensure that the students enrolled in these online classes are receiving quality instruction, the college has been rigorously assessing the quality of online instruction through an assessment framework consisting of student surveys, faculty surveys, and in-class course evaluations by students. In this paper, an overview of the online engineering technology degrees offered by Excelsior College is presented, with the primary focus on the framework used by the College to assess the quality of online instruction. The assessment results for selected online courses are presented. Conclusions regarding the assessment results are provided, along with references to the results of the assessment methods used by several other educational institutions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)85-94
Number of pages10
JournalComputers in Education Journal
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jul 1 2008

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Computer Science(all)
  • Education


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