A Comparison of Web-Enhanced vs Traditional Classroom Teaching in Women's Health Nurse Practitioner Education

Deborah J. Stiffler, PhD, RN, CNM


Topics in Advanced Practice Nursing eJournal. 2008;8(3) 

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Principles of Course Evaluation

Any new course, especially an online course, must be evaluated by the faculty who teach it. According to Hew and colleagues,[7] there are 3 levels by which a course should be evaluated. Macrolevel describes the evaluation of the entire online program, regardless of the number of courses offered online. Mesolevel refers to the evaluation of a specific online course, and microlevel describes the evaluation of student learning within the online course.[7]

For my new online course, I was particularly interested in the meso- and microlevels of evaluation. Mesolevel evaluation determines whether the course teaches what it is supposed to teach, whether the students receive sufficient support, whether the activities within the course encourage students to be active learners, whether the course encourages interaction between students, and whether the course uses the available technology effectively.[7] Microlevel evaluation is focused on students and their perception, process, performance, and products of online learning.[7] Three types of interaction are necessary for students to be successful in an online course: learner-content, learner-instructor, and learner-learner.[5] Evaluation of these interactions is also necessary.

Numerous articles have been written about student perceptions toward online courses and how to design or redesign courses for online presentation, but there are very little comparison online courses with traditional face-to-face classroom courses.


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