Evaluating the effectiveness of Distance Education Materials

Year: 1993

Author: Gibson, Ian W., Hodgkinson, W.F.

Type of paper: Abstract refereed

Developing large scale and comprehensive sets of distance education materials for use by primary aged children in isolated and remote areas requires a sophisticated and cohesive system of checks and balances and a clearly understood set of educational principles upon which the development of the materials is founded. Based upon information gathered during recent research projects employing extensive interviews, on-site visits, questionnaires and analyses of existing documentation, this paper will discuss the crucial factors perceived to be necessary in guaranteeing success in such an endeavour. Such factors cover the assumptions, intentions, processes and outcomes of the design and development of the materials, the process of implementation and its effect upon the users and the outcomes of distance education study for learners.