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"Face-to-Face versus Online Course Evaluations: A "Consumer's Guide" to Seven Strategies" icon

Face-to-Face versus Online Course Evaluations: A "Consumer's Guide" to Seven Strategies

The research on student rating scales and other measures of teaching effectiveness in face-to-face (F2F) courses has been accumulating for 90 years. With the burgeoning international development of online and blended/hybrid courses over the past decade, the question of what measures to use has challenged directors of distance education programs. Can the traditional F2F scales already in operation be applied to online courses or do all new scales have to be designed? Despite the increasing number of online courses, attention to their evaluation lags far behind that of F2F courses in terms of available measures, quality of measures, and delivery systems. The salient characteristics of F2F and online courses are compared to determine whether they are really different enough to justify separate scales and evaluation systems. Based on a review of the research and current practices, seven concrete measurement options were generated. They are proffered and critiqued as a state-of-the-art "consumer's guide" to the evaluation of online and blended courses and the faculty who teach them.


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Britt Bugby
Britt Bugby (Content Developer/Instructional Designer)
1 year ago
An interesting approach to examining rating scales as a reflection on face-to-face instruction and how they may transfer to online instruction. However, I believe they are a minor piece in a larger puzzle, so I'm not sure how much this will be relevant post COVID.