Conducting Summative Evaluation and Research: The Final Stage



In the evaluation planning stage (refer to Chap.  5), the preliminary plans for the summative evaluation were developed. These plans provide a framework to prepare for and carry out the summative evaluation. Research can also be conducted during the final stage. Summative evaluation occurs at a predetermined point in the WBID life cycle, usually when major revisions are no longer taking place and the online course has been used by a large number or percentage of the target population. Its purpose is to determine the value and worth of online instruction. Planning, conducting, and reporting summative evaluation and research comprise the last stage of the WBID Model.

This chapter begins with a description of the purposes of summative evaluation and its main steps, followed by strategies for reporting results.


Summative evaluation Research Effectiveness Efficiency Appeal Stakeholders Internal evaluators External evaluators Data collection Data analysis 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Counseling and Instructional ScienceUniversity of South AlabamaMobileUSA
  2. 2.Division of Research and Strategic InnovationUniversity of West FloridaPensacolaUSA
  3. 3.Department of Educational TechnologyBoise State UniversityBoiseUSA

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