An integrated evaluation method for e‐learning: a case study

M. A. Rentroia‐Bonito (Departamento de Engenharia Informática, Instituto Superior Técnico, Av. Alves Redol, 9, Lisbon, Portugal)
F. Figueiredo (Departamento de Engenharia Informática, Instituto Superior Técnico, Av. Alves Redol, 9, Lisbon, Portugal)
A. Martins (Departamento de Engenharia Informática, Instituto Superior Técnico, Av. Alves Redol, 9, Lisbon, Portugal)
J. A. Jorge (Departamento de Engenharia Informática, Instituto Superior Técnico, Av. Alves Redol, 9, Lisbon, Portugal)
C. Ghaoui (School of Computing and Mathematical Sciences, Liverpool John Moores University, UK)

Interactive Technology and Smart Education

ISSN: 1741-5659

Publication date: 1 February 2006

Abstract

Technological improvements in broadband and distributed computing are making it possible to distribute live media content cost‐effectively. Because of this, organizations are looking into cost‐effective approaches to implement e‐Learning initiatives. Indeed, computing resources are not enough by themselves to promote better e‐Learning experiences. Hence, our goal is to share preliminary results on testing a holistic evaluation method for e‐Learning environments. To this end, we have built an experience within class dynamics using an open source Learning Virtual Environment integrated with webcast and video archive features. Our proposed evaluation method capyures user feedback by classifying it according to motivation to e‐learn in groups, since we have found this approach simpler than using classic behavioural methods. This helped us to define practical design guidelines to yield faster and more efficient e‐Learning development processes. Our results show that consistent communication both online and offline, translates into efficiency. It also dampens negative perceptions during the transition from traditional to online learning environments. These results will contribute in designing intervention strategies to optimize organizational investments in e‐Learning across user groups and contexts.

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Rentroia‐Bonito, M., Figueiredo, F., Martins, A., Jorge, J. and Ghaoui, C. (2006), "An integrated evaluation method for e‐learning: a case study", Interactive Technology and Smart Education, Vol. 3 No. 1, pp. 59-68. https://doi.org/10.1108/17415650680000053

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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