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An Interactive, Networked, Asynchronous, Student Evaluation System: Architecture and Field Studies Article

, UTDC, New Zealand ; , Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand

IJET Volume 3, Number 4, ISSN 1077-9124 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Chesapeake, VA

Abstract

As the number of courses offered via advanced telecommunications technologies continues to increase, so does the responsibility of properly evaluating the quality of the course content, activities, and delivery mechanisms. At many universities, courses are evaluated via student evaluations. This paper describes a project at Victoria University of Wellington (VUW) that uses the World Wide Web as an architecture for conducting student evaluations of courses and teaching and collating their results. We describe the organisational and technical issues that the design of our system needed to address, the system's architecture and its implementation, and how the implementation attempted to resolve the tension between student anonymity, confidentiality, and privacy while guaranteeing user authenticity. We present results from three trial field studies of the system and conclude with a discussion of future work.

Citation

Recker, M.M. & Greenwood, J. (1997). An Interactive, Networked, Asynchronous, Student Evaluation System: Architecture and Field Studies. International Journal of Educational Telecommunications, 3(4), 327-342. Charlottesville, VA: AACE.

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