Participatory evaluation: Implications for improving electronic learning and teaching approaches

Robyn Leigh Benson, Gayani Samarawickrema, Margaret O'Connell

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This paper examines the participatory approach used by a group of academic support staff in evaluating an academic professional development resource designed to support e-learning and teaching. The resource, titled Designing Electronic Learning and Teaching Approaches (DELTA), showcases examples of electronic learning and teaching approaches developed at Monash University, Australia. The evaluation included individual and collective reflection, dialogue and action, drawing on the features of participatory action research. This paper explores the value of this critically reflective, participatory approach for evaluation to improve the use of new learning technologies, demonstrating how it provided a clear decision-making framework for iterative improvement of the DELTA site by identifying consensus items for action and recording other items for later consideration, while also contributing to team members own professional development
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)709 - 720
Number of pages12
JournalAssessment & Evaluation in Higher Education
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 2009

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