Naturalistic Evaluation of Distance Learning Courses

  title={Naturalistic Evaluation of Distance Learning Courses},
  author={David Kember and Tammy Lai and David Shannon Murphy and Irene Siaw and Julian Wong and Kin Sun Yuen},
This paper examines the characteristics of the naturalistic paradigm for enquiry. It discusses the way these characteristics can be operationalized for evaluations of academic and student support for distance education courses. Naturalistic enquiry is illustrated by reporting an evaluation of the administrative and academic support systems for a distance education course for the textile and clothing industries. The methodology is compared to that of the more commonly employed rationalistic… CONTINUE READING