Evaluating Quality in Professional Training Programs

2013-04-11

Mobile technology in combination with immediate feedback mechanisms is pushing instruction in the classroom. The innovation process in the ongoing iQVet project develops and validates new evaluation models that introduce assessment for learning by using students' own mobile devices. The project constructs a new evaluation framework that extends Kirkpatricks's learning evaluation model, tests it in new teaching environments, and measures the learning effect at the end. 

Theories on cognition and learning have evolved in parallel with the emergence of new mobile technologies. Today, the social context is much more prevalent in the educational evolution, highlighting students' collaborative construction of new knowledge, understanding and competence with their peers in addition to the interaction with open educational resources.

The new iQVET tools are going to measure and compare

  • student reaction - measure trainers pre-knowledge, and what they thought and felt about the training and learning experiences
  • student learning - the resulting increase in knowledge or capability before and during the course, and use that to provide corrective actions towards the end of the course
  • student behaviour - measure the implementation of knowledge, e.g. the long term applied learning effect 

Thus, the tool is going to measure pre-knowledge before the course starts (pre-tests), compare these with the feedback from tests offered towards the end of the course (testing learning), and finally document the long term effect of the training by collecting data a period after completing the course (post-test).  

The iQVET partnership was recently gathered for a project meeting in Trondheim, discussing and planning the evaluation of the tools and methods in Poland, Greece, Romania and Norway. The picture above shows Aleksandra Mykowska from Domzskolen in Krakow, Poland, testing the peer learning assessment services. 

               

Stella Batanga, Ofelia Baculea, and Olivier Heidmann attended the instructor training  course.

This video illustrates some of the activities during the project meeting:

 11.4.2013  

SRS 2.0, PELE 1.5, Eval 1.0 and iLike 1.0 are available for use.