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Evaluation in Educational Technology (TECH4102): Course Portfolio



This course is designed for instructional technology students and focuses on the evaluation of educational technology programs. This practical course balances fact, theory and application as it examines the strategies and techniques of evaluation in educational technology. It presents theories and models relating to evaluation and discusses strategies for using it, demonstrates practical applications and closes with a discussion of the value of evaluation in educational technology.


By the end of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Define levels and techniques of evaluation in educational technology.
  2. Apply models of evaluation in educational technology.
  3. Apply evaluation various strategies to evaluate an educational technology project.
  4. Develop a plan to assess technology over the course of the semester.
  5. Evaluate student performance in computer-based learning.
  6. Evaluate student performance in online learning environments.
  7. Explore the strengths and weakness of comparative and non-comparative studies.
  8. Conduct an evaluation study of users' perceptions and technology efficiency.


Your portfolio is the showcase of your work, your skills and your potential for your future employers. The more time and effort you dedicate for a complete and will-written topics, the higher are your chances for getting high score in this course. Each student/team should develop an online portfolio using Blogger. The portfolio front page should include and be limited to the topics below.


General Guidelines


1. Create a separate post for each topic of your portfolio then grab the URLs to use as a reference on the front page of your portfolio.

2. Your front page should include information about your name (or SQU ID) and course instructor.

3. Add an introductory message to the front page, such as {Thank you for taking the time to view my portfolio. On these pages you will find projects that I have undertaken for TECH4102 course (Evaluation in Educational Technology). }

4. You may choose to include additional components as applicable to the course or a particular topic; these additional components may include, but are not limited to links, graphs and videos.

5. All topics should be directly related to the e-portfolio and demonstrate achievement of standards.

6. The writing should be easy to read with appropriate use of fonts, point size, bullets, italics, bold, and indentations for headings and sub-headings, if necessary.

7. Each of your topics and studies should be accompanied by a caption that articulately explains the importance of that particular work including title, author and date. In addition, the text has to have no errors in grammar, capitalization, punctuation, and spelling.

8. Reflections should illustrate your ability to effectively critique studies, and to suggest alternative approaches, if required.

Topics


1. Evaluation in educational technology
Summarize two evaluation studies in educational technology. The first summary focuses on the evaluation methodology used, in terms of purpose and instruments. The second focuses on the evaluation of specific technology features. Prepare a PowerPoint presentation, upload it to SlideShare.net, and link this presentation back to your post (follow the class guidelines).


2. Levels and techniques of evaluation in educational technology

Define the level and techniques of evaluation in a selected study (2-3 sentences only). Site the reference at the end of your definition.


3. Models of evaluation in educational technology

Apply one of the three models of evaluation you explored in this course to evaluate an educational technology project.. This assignment is prepared as a PowerPoint presentation only. Upload the presentation to SlideShare.net and post it to Bloger.com. No addition explanation is required.


4. Evaluation strategies

Based on evaluation strategies you learned in A3 handout, suggest one of these strategies to evaluate an educational technology project (follow the class guidelines).


5. Evaluation of CAI

Develop a survey/questionnaire/checklist/rating scale to evaluate the technical and pedagogical features of an instructional software then post your instrument to Survey Console. Write a short post in Bolgger describing this instrument with link to the survey at Survey Console (follow the class guidelines).


6. Evaluation of online learning

Write a short paper describing the procedures and strategy you applied to evaluate an online learning environment/course, in terms of student performance or effectiveness of the learning environment/course itself (follow the class guidelines). You have to provide us with the URL and a screen shot of this environment/course, with link to the evaluation instrument at Survey Console.


7. Comparative and non-comparative evaluation in educational technology

Write a short essay (max 500 words) to summarize the strategy applied to evaluate educational technologies using comparative (developmental studies, cost-benefit analysis studies or perception and performance studies) and non-comparative approaches (follow the class guidelines). You should embed a PowerPoint Presentation of this essay under the text.



Students' Portfolios

  1. http://tech4102-68701.blogspot.com
  2. http://amina-sara.blogspot.com/2009/05/amina-and-sara-online-portfolio.html
  3. http://tech4102.blogspot.com
  4. http://u063376.blogspot.com
  5. http://u068700-u068705.blogspot.com/2009/05/our-portfolio-tech4102-course-asma-al.html
  6. http://59314-68716.blogspot.com
  7. http://asmazaharaportfolio.blogspot.com
  8. http://u068717.blogspot.com
  9. http://athrafatma.blogspot.com
  10. http://atsloomz.blogspot.com/2009/05/e-portfolio-for-evaluation-in.html
  11. http://u048569.blogspot.com
  12. http://issa-ahmed.blogspot.com
  13. http://ka-portfolio.blogspot.com
  14. http://khalsa-al-brashdi-portfolio.blogspot.com/2009/05/you-are-welcome.html
  15. http://u065932.blogspot.com
  16. http://n-mgroup.blogspot.com
  17. http://tech4102.blogspot.com
  18. http://www.u06715700.blogspot.com
  19. http://u063225.blogspot.com
  20. http://u048569.blogspot.com
  21. http://m-g-y.blogspot.com
  22. http://techno4102-z-a.blogspot.com
  23. http://mahmood-al-harrasi.blogspot.com/2009/05/welcome-to-our-e-portfoliou06732866569.html


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Technology to promote Arabic online


Global software giant Microsoft is working on translation technology that would make the Arabic language more accessible to Internet users. This is part of its contribution to the ongoing efforts of the Supreme Council for Information and Communication Technology Qatar (ictQatar) to develop more websites with Arabic content.

“We’re deeply investing into that,” said Anoop Gupta, Corporate Vice President of Microsoft Unlimited Potential Group, in an interview with The Peninsula yesterday. He said Microsoft was developing translation technology that would translate web pages in English into Arabic. It is also modifying search engines to make the language of the Arab world more accessible globally. Gupta said another way to generate more Arabic content on the Internet was to ensure that people in the Arab world become great digital citizens, so that they become a part of the digital revolution. The Microsoft official welcomed developments in Qatar, where many citizens are already blogging on the Internet everyday and exploring new websites. He said students in Qatar were also improving accessibility to Arabic language by doing their projects on the internetin Arabic.

Mohammad Mammoudi, Country Manager of Microsoft Qatar, disclosed the company had already introduced a Language Interface Programme which helps in making available tools in Arabic. Microsoft has also established an Innovation Center in Egypt which specialises in identifying ways of improving Internet search in Arabic and encouraging better participation of the Arabic community in the internet phenomenon. Microsoft has been collaborating with ictQatar on many programmes that will help enable innovations in technology, especially for Arabic-speaking people in the country who are still lagging behind in the global digital race. Dr Hessa Al Jaber, Secretary-General of ictQatar, has said there is still a major lack of Arabic content in the Internet, which is increasing the digital divide in the Middle East.

Source: The Peninsula