The eLearning Leader’s Toolkit for Evaluating Online Teaching

  • Thomas J. Tobin
Part of the Educational Communications and Technology: Issues and Innovations book series (ECTII)


College and university administrators who are tasked with leading distance-education programs can rely on several strengths: program and curriculum development expertise, knowledge of trends and needs among employers, budgeting skills, and experience in navigating the various regulations and accreditation requirements for new programs. Many of us in leadership positions have not, however, taught online courses ourselves, having left the classroom to become administrators before the “wave” of online teaching reached our institutions.

Although some department chairs and deans have taught online courses themselves (and thus have a feel for the challenges and flow of online teaching), many more administrators conducted their teaching careers exclusively in the face-to-face classroom. Especially for those administrators who moved away from teaching in the early 2000s, they are likely not to have developed or taught courses in a mode other than face-to-face. This chapter is designed to provide eLearning leaders three sets of tools for creating, implementing, and operating an evaluation program for online teaching at your campus.


Administration Assessment Bias Employment Evaluation Formative Measurement Observation Quality Rubric Summative Teaching 



The author is grateful to Wiley for permission to base the “Toolkit 1” and “Toolkit 2” sections of this chapter on Chap. 6, “Administrative Evaluation of Online Teaching” in Tobin, Mandernach, & Taylor, Evaluating Online Teaching: Implementing Best Practices (© 2015 John Wiley & Sons, Inc. All rights reserved).


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Tobin ConsultingState CollegeUSA

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