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					Assessing Distance Learning
    Programs – A Model
  League for Innovation in the
      Community College
  Conference on Instructional
          Technology
              2006
                     Mary Beth Orrange
              Professor of Mathematics
                       Jason L. Steinitz
             Professor of Social Science
                Erie Community College
Session description in program

 Participants develop a national model for distance
learning program assessment, including identifying
    the variables and discussing issues related to
 interpreting results. The assessment plan and the
  results of the two-year study of Erie Community
 College’s distance learning program are presented
and used as the starting point for the development
   of the assessment model. The goal is to have
participants develop a list of variables that provide
     meaningful measures of student learning in
             distance learning programs.
      Outline of this session
•Introduction
•Brief outline of the assessment of Erie
Community College’s distance learning program
presented
•Session participants will brainstorm a list of
variables for distance learning assessment using
the think-pair-share collaborative learning
technique
•Participants will then prioritize variables
•Participants develop a national model for distance
learning program assessment
•Next year’s round table discussion on distance
learning assessment will be planned.
     Erie Community College
              ECC
• A three campus college with an
  approximate FTE count of 10,000
• Part of SUNY (State University of New
  York) but not part of SLN
• A full complement of programs (64) and
  courses
• Strong union environment
    Distance Learning at Erie
       Community College
• Approximately 130 online courses each
  semester
• Approximately 30 telecourses each semester
• Approved by the Commission on Higher
  Education, Middle States Region, to offer
  programs at a distance
• Approved by the State Education
  Department of New York to offer programs
  at a distance
View ECC’s Assessment Project
           Results


• Visit the website http://south.ecc.edu/dl
• Click on Assessment>Perkins Year 2
        Assessment items

• Passing rates of courses taught at a distance
• Passing rates of seated versions of courses
  taught at a distance
• Determination of when the passing rates are
  significantly different between seated and
  distance courses using the chi-square test
• Pivot table in Excel for passing rates for all
  four semesters
        Assessment items
• Demographics of students enrolled in
  distance courses
• Student satisfaction Survey administered to
  students enrolled in distance courses
• Self-assessment of skills improvement
  administered to students enrolled in online,
  telecourses, and seated courses
• Characteristics of faculty members teaching
  at a distance
        Assessment items
• Reasons for withdrawal from courses at a
  distance
• Study of when students stopped working in
  courses at a distance vs when they withdrew
• Comparison of passing and withdrawal rates
  for pairs of courses taught by the same
  instructor in the same semester.
       Develop a Model
        The think part


Use the next five minutes to make
a list of items that you think should
   be included in the assessment
                model.
       Develop a Model
        The pair part


Turn to someone seated near you
 and spend the next five minutes
discussing your two lists. Combine
       the two lists into one.
       Develop a Model
        The share part


We will develop a master list of all
the variables listed by each group
           in the room.
         Develop a Model
     We will prioritize the list using the
               quizdome product.
For each item, select:
“a” if you feel the item must be included
“b” if you feel the item may be included
“c” if the item does not belong in the
    model.
   Implement the Model



Return to your campus and collect
   data regarding one of the items
            we selected.
       Refine the Model



Come back next year and discuss your
   results at the roundtable session
    on the Assessment of Distance
                Learning.
                  Contact us:
Jason L. Seinitz, PhD
steinitz@ecc.edu
Professor of Social Science
(716) 851 1305              Erie Community College,
                                 South Campus
Mary Beth Orrange           4041 Southwestern Blvd.
orrange@ecc.edu             Orchard Park, NY 14127
Professor of Mathematics
(716) 851 1784       This PowerPoint show is available at
                        http://south.ecc.edu/orrange


       See you next year!

				
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