Thursday, April 9, 2009

Evaluation Practices for Informal/Self-Paced Adult Learning

This SCoPE seminar begins Monday.

Evaluation Practices for Informal/Self-Paced Adult Learning: April 13 - May 1, 2009

William Owen, Director of the Centre for Teaching, Learning, and Technology, University of Northern British Columbia
Caren Levine, Consultant, Etheoreal, specializing in adult learning, communities of practice, and social media

Informal learning is a key part of our personal development. It is also becoming a larger part of our working lives. But in an era of increasing accountability, we begin to question the role of evaluation for informal / self-paced adult learning...

What are existing rationales for evaluation of informal / self-paced adult learning (for the learner and the provider/developer)? What accountability do we have to learners / providers/ funders? What's different about evaluating informal learning vis a vis formal learning? What are emerging practices for evaluation informal / self-paced adult learning? What are some challenges in the field? What are the opportunities in the field?

During this 3-week online seminar, we will begin to address these and other questions as we informally learn about the role and practice of evaluation in informal learning.

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  1. Hello. This is artie from the foc08 course.

    I am interested in participating, but not at the expense of my privacy. Why do i need to register on that site? Are you going to check my IP number? If so, I decline the invitation. If you claim that my IP number will not be checked, can you verify that fact? Can I inspect the Administration Control Panel to determine that you are in compliance with my terms and conditions?


  2. Hey Artie! Nice to see you again. I think if we allowed anonymous forum contributions without logging in we'd have a real spam problem. IP number? I don't personally have an interest in your IP address, and I'm the site administrator. I've never had a question about IP addresses before. Did I answer it? :-)

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