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Evaluating courseware: A need for more context bound evaluations?

Hosie, P. and Schibeci, R. (2001) Evaluating courseware: A need for more context bound evaluations? Australian Educational Computing, 16 (2). pp. 18-26.

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This paper reviews what different commentators have written about the evaluation of educational courseware, especially the recent suggestion that more 'context-bound' evaluations are needed. We draw on our experience of such an evaluation and hypothesise on the reasons for the lack of such evaluations. Examples of context-bound evaluations include an evaluation of the Climate courseware, developed by the Education Department of Western Australia some years ago, to illustrate the approach. This is contrasted by a desktop evaluation of courseware of the same name Climate, developed in the UK with a similar kind of context-bound evaluation of Where in the World is Carmen Sandiago? Reviews of the courseware From Alice to Ocean, The Gold Adventure, of context-bound evaluations are provided for illustrative the value of context-bound evaluations.

Item Type: Journal Article
Murdoch Affiliation(s): School of Education
Publisher: Australian Council for Computers in Education
Copyright: 2001 ACCE
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