Evaluating E-learning Programs: An Adaptation of Kirkpatrick's Model to Accommodate E-learning Environments
Thair M. Hamtini
DOI : 10.3844/jcssp.2008.693.698
Journal of Computer Science
Volume 4, Issue 8
Problem Statement: Kirkpatrick's model for the evaluation of training programs has been a staple in institutional learning since 1959 and is easily applicable to any training program. Approach: This model, however, was developed for traditional learning environments and has been regarded as antiquated, especially when one took into consideration the fact that institutional learning has increasingly taken on the form of e-learning. This study proposed an adaptation of Kirkpatrick's model, which accommodated the nuances of the e-learning environment. This model proposed a tri-stage mode of evaluation. Results: The three stages were interaction, learning and results. The interaction stage took into consideration the special challenges posed by the environment while the learning and results stages examined the alignment between the curriculum and the needs of an organization. Conclusions/Recommendations: The research conducted supported the thesis that existing training models fail to accommodate for e-learning environments and, in establishing important guidelines and criteria for the remediation as such, addressed the initial concern. The proposed evaluation method is one that is rudimentary in nature and holds a great promise for practical application.
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