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Evaluation

Evaluation

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EVALUATION OF LEARNING OUTCOMES
Regardless of the institutional mission, all educational institutions have a focuson teaching. Faculty members are also involved in evaluation of teaching,evaluation of their peers, and evaluation of the program. Therefore, aunderstanding of evaluation as it relates to the teaching-learning environmentis important. Historically, quality of educational programs has been measuredin terms of resources, program offerings, faculty qualifications, and studentservices; however, these definitions of quality are being challenged, andeducators are being charged with the task of documenting programeffectiveness in terms of learning.Most faculty members take little ownership of their responsibility in evaluation;however because evaluation provides nurse educators with an avenue fordemonstrating quality of teaching, as well as the effectiveness of theeducational program, all faculty members must understand their role inevaluation. Understanding the importance of evaluation is based onunderstanding the methodology and theory of evaluation as it relates to thefaculty role.
Definition
Traditionally defined as the process used in determining the value or worth of something.
Involves collecting of data to determine if what is observed is different thanwhat was expected.
Is conducted for the purpose of making decisions
The process used in determining the effectiveness of teaching and/or the valueof a learning opportunity in assisting students to achieve the goals of education
Its inherent purpose is to provide valid data on which to make educationaldecisions related to the program of studyThe goal of evaluation is synonymous with the definition of evaluation: todetermine the worth of something through collecting of data. Defining the goalinvolves specifying what is to be accomplished, what decisions need to be made.And who are the intended audience.
Roles of evaluation
Depend on what that “something” is that is being evaluated and on whosestandards of value the results will be analyzed.
To provide faculty members with feedback concerning the effectiveness of theirteaching

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