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505: Evaluation of Determining Instructional Purposes

September 24, 2011 Justin 4.1: Project Management

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505: Evaluation of Moodle as an Online Classroom Management System

December 10, 2010 Justin 1.4: Learner Characteristics

I’ve finished an evaluation of how our district uses Moodle, and areas where we can improve. You can read the report below. Over the next few weeks, I’ll be releasing some follow-ups to this evaluation. Addendums, if you will. I was originally planning to supply personal assessments of each participating online course in the initial […]

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505: Update on the Moodle Survey

November 24, 2010 Justin Miscellaneous

Last week I invited all our Moodle-using teachers and students to take a survey about their usage of Moodle as an online course management system and supplement to in-class instruction. The response has been great. So far (as of November 23, 9:30pm), 652 students and 17 teachers have participated. The survey was supposed to close […]

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505: Analyzing the Problem

November 16, 2010 Justin Miscellaneous

We solve problems every day. Sometimes the problems are simply figuring out where you left your car keys. Other times, it’s determining the best way to reach the unique needs of your students. Often we solve these problems without really thinking through the process. We just mentally “connect the dots” and arrive at conclusions. The […]

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505: Analysis of Three Evaluation Reports

November 9, 2010 Justin Miscellaneous

The USOE 2005 Summative Evaluation Report reads more like a commentary than an evaluation, and is very poorly executed. Data analyses are not conveyed in any meaningful forms or visualizations. Numerous spelling and grammar errors persist. The report doesn’t seem to address any particular objectives or self-defined goals in each program, and is highly disorganized […]

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505: Plans for an Evaluation of Weber’s Moodle System

November 5, 2010 Justin Miscellaneous

I’m conducting an evaluation of WSD Online, our district’s Moodle system. Right now, we use this as our online classroom management tool. We’re just barely piloting fully-online courses, but that’s not what I’m evaluating. Right now more than a few of our teachers use Moodle as a supplement to their in-class teaching. I’ve decided to […]

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505: Tips for Writing a Summative Evaluation Report

September 21, 2010 Justin Miscellaneous

There is no “right” or “wrong” way to write a summative evaluation report. But there are good practices. I’ve prepared a list that summarizes what I’ve learned about evaluation reports, and some techniques for writing an effective one. In general, this list is mainly intended to help me, as these are points I thought were […]

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505: Evaluating BrainBlast

September 14, 2010 Justin Miscellaneous

I’m getting close to wrapping up my reading of a rather interesting and insightful book: The ABCs of Evaluation (Boulmetis & Dutwin, 2005). It’s been an eye-opener for me, and has caused me to rethink how a lot of our professional development programs are evaluated. I’ve been writing a report about the survey results we […]

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505: Evaluating Online Professional Development

September 7, 2010 Justin Miscellaneous

I’ve been musing over how to revise the online professional development offerings in our district for awhile. Our district is getting close to the point where we can start implementing changes that ensure meaningful learning. I’ve been studying different aspects of evaluations, namely the basics of how to conduct them and collect data. A goal-based […]

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