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Evaluating Online Learning: Challenges and Strategies for Success

Produced by WestEd for the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Innovation and Improvement

With Edvance Research


Online education is expanding rapidly, with increasing numbers of providers offering services and more students participating. As with any education program, online learning initiatives must be held accountable for results. Thus it is critical for students and their parents—as well as administrators, policymakers, and funders—to have evidence-based data informing them of program and student outcomes.

This free guide helps evaluators and program leaders who plan to use data to guide program improvement. It features evaluations of seven online learning programs and resources. The evaluations range from internal assessments to external, scientific research studies. All demonstrate how evaluators and program leaders have been able to implement strong evaluation practices despite some challenges inherent to examining learning in an online environment.

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Copyright: 2008
Format: PDF
Pages: 80
Publisher: U.S. Department of Education, Office of Innovation and Improvement