This week’s assignment has two parts:
1. Apply Gap Analysis to the program/project you detailed in exercises in previous assignments. Specifically discuss each part of the three parts of Gap Analysis relative either to the program you have chosen to evaluate or to your actual evaluation of the program. Specify which. That is, discuss in terms of the three “legs” (A, B, C) of Gap Analysis’s three-legged stool. Be specific as to what goes with each leg (i.e., describe each of the three legs specifically as applied to the program/project you intend to evaluate or to the evaluation itself). (Include short description of program being evaluated. 200-400 words or alternative, 4 possible points)
Leg A =
Leg B =
Leg C =
2. Explain Figure 3.1 Program Cycle (p. 51) in terms of the program that you have chosen to evaluate (not the evaluation itself) as detailed in previous assignments (or a revised version or a new evaluation topic). (150-300 words or alternative, 4 possible points)
Here is my submitted assignment.
1. Apply Gap Analysis to the program/project you detailed in exercises in previous assignments.
Leg A = Where we are
Student surveys from prior years suggest that students want to have the following information on the class website: grades, homework information, links to class notes. Currently the teacher has a class website where students can access grades, see the daily agenda (for in class & homework), obtain class worksheets and notes, and weblinks for specific projects. Students have a secure sign on for the website.
Leg B = Bridge between A&B, how to get there
The website has information that students requested (grades, class notes, homework). The teacher needs to determine if this information is helping to achieve the larger goals of student responsibility, preparing for class, accessing when absent, etc. To bridge the gap, the teacher needs to determine ways to ensure that students: interact with the website, learn how to access information, have incentive for referring to website.
Leg C = Goals
- increase student ownership for their work,
- increase student interaction with the course content,
- give students the ability to prepare for class,
- give students the ability to review material from prior classes,
- give students access to information when absent from class.
- give students access to grades
MHS Academic goals: One of the MHS academic core values is “the MHS student will use technology effectively.”
2. Explain Figure 3.1 Program Cycle (p. 51) in terms of the program that you have chosen to evaluate
Organizational Goals: A core value of MHS is “The MHS student will use technology effectively.” Goals of the website include: increase student ownership for their work, increase student interaction with the course content, give students the ability to both prepare for class and review the material from prior lessons, and access information when absent from class
Needs Assessment: The teacher thought having a class website would help students be more organized, and take more responsibility for learning, but did not do a needs evaluation prior to creating the website. As a result, the evaluation will have to look at the goals of the project, and develop the appropriate questions to determine if goals are being met.
Program Planning: From prior years surveys of students regarding courses and course websites, the teacher determined that students most wanted the following in a class website: grades, homework assignments, and access to documents such as notes and weblinks. The website was created with the following content: grades, weekly plan for classwork and homework, class notes, and weblinks.
Implementation and Formative Evaluation:The teacher created the website during the first trimester of the school year. Based on informal formative student feedback (from the first trimester), the website evolved for the second trimester. One big adjustment is that the teacher updates the website as plans change to accurately reflect what was done in class each day, so that students have access to up to date content for both classwork and homework. Other changes included adding more course documents such as worksheets and handouts.
Summative Evaluation:This will be the final report done as part of this class and will determine if the goals are being met. The evaluator will determine the appropriate survey tools.