Front-end evaluation to enhance the usefulness and adoption of educational materials: From museum education to engineering education

Anne Donnelly, Chang Y.U. Wu, Pratim Biswas, Ying Li, Adam Denny, Emilia Hodge

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Abstract

Summative and formative evaluation methods, adapted from the education evaluation literature, have been of tremendous value to engineering educators as they seek to assess educational materials. There is a third kind of evaluation that has a long history in the informal education realm that promises to further enhance engineering evaluation efforts. Front-end evaluation conducted in the beginning of a project provides information at the earliest stages of materials development to ensure that input from end users, faculty and students alike, is incorporated into the materials design. The benefits of front-end evaluation that have been utilized by museum exhibit evaluations and how they can be transferred across disciplines into the field of engineering education materials development are discussed Front-end, formative, and summative evaluations combined increase the overall quality of the materials and facilitate dissemination.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)155-161
Number of pages7
JournalInternational Journal of Engineering Education
Volume26
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2010
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Aerosols
  • Formative evaluation
  • Front-end evaluation
  • Summative evaluation
  • Web-based design modules

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Engineering(all)

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