Your Learning Resources this week described evaluation models as well as strategies for evaluating learning outcomes. For this Discussion, you will explore the issues surrounding formative and summative evaluation, including what the purposes of evaluation are and how you can ensure that your evaluation provides valid and reliable data for the stated learning objectives.
Begin by selecting one of the course learning objectives you have developed for Application 2. (If you have not yet done so, create at least one learning objective for your lesson.) What behavior would demonstrate that a learner has met that course learning objective? Would they demonstrate a specific skill? Solve a problem? Use information in practice? Calculate cost/benefits or grades from a test? How would you wish to evaluate this learning outcome, and for what purpose? Consider how the evaluation of this element of the course can be used to help assess the strength of the curriculum design.
With these thoughts in mind:
Post your ideas on evaluating a learning outcomes, addressing the following:
What is the learning objective you intend to evaluate? What domain of learning does it represent?
What is the main purpose for the evaluation? To give summative or formative feedback to the learner? To give yourself feedback on your teaching effectiveness?
Review the many examples of evaluation strategies in Chapter 25 from Teaching in Nursing: A Guide for Faculty, such as simulation, journals, or concept/mind-mapping. Which of these strategies would you choose in order to evaluate the learning? Explain your rationale.
What steps would you take to ensure that the evaluation is as valid and reliable as possible?
Explain how the evaluation of this learning objective—or any other aspect of the lesson you are planning in Application 2—can provide useful data for curriculum evaluation.