(Post-Compulsory Education) Year 2
Task Two: An evaluation report
(of a course, or part thereof)
For this assignment I will evaluate a course I have recently taught for The Norfolk Family Learning Programme. I will discuss and compare findings of the evaluation with NFLP quality assurance processes. I will also discuss the selected methods of evaluation used, analyse the data and suggest an improvement plan to ensure quality assurance within the programme.
What is evaluation?
Evaluation is about gaining information and judgements about the effectiveness of a course. Consideration of whether the course has met its aims and objectives, the effectiveness of the teaching, meeting individual learners’ needs and what learning has taken place should influence planning for future courses.
This demonstrates the cycle of experiential learning, developed by David Kolb, which suggests, we learn from experience, evaluate that experience, question our successes and failures, plan and improve for the future then continue the cycle once again.
According to Armitage et al ( 2003, p231)
“Evaluation is all about finding out if our new course is working properly. In general, therefore, it involves generating data through a process of inquiry and then, on the basis of this, making judgements about strengths and weaknesses and the overall effectiveness of the course, and making decisions about how to improve it further”.
This is supported by Curzon ( 2004, p199 ) who suggests evaluation “is a key management function, designed to monitor aspects of college output, and to be viewed, therefore, as an important response to queries concerning the real cost, nature and quality of teacher performance”.
Evaluating a course involves the evaluation of teaching, which can be done either by the teacher, through observations, peer assessment, inspections or by internal verification, also through the completion of student evaluation sheets.
When I evaluate my own teaching I consider the following:-
• Did I meet the course aims? ( for the course discussed in this assignment this would be NFLP identified course aims and Recognising and Recording Progress and Achievement in Non-Accredited Learning (RARPA) learning outcomes. • Was my teaching effective and of good quality? (did I meet the learner’s needs; did the resources work; was it the correct level for the learners; did I differentiate for individual learners; did I cover the scheme of work; did my teaching methods work; how did I manage the group). This would be evaluated at the end of each taught session and recorded at the end of each session plan
Other areas that are measured are:-
• Learner retention
• Learner attendance
The figures for these are collated by the Family Learning Manager and passed on to the LSC who gives funding to run the courses.
• Did I meet the organisations targets? (learners are offered the opportunity to take the National Test at the end of the course, NFLP has to meet target numbers each year).
Evaluating a course also involves the evaluation of learning ( cognitive, attitude and skill) , this can be done by:- • Assessment in the form of test or examination
• Work completed
• Written evaluation by the learner
When evaluating a course I gather information on the final session (summative evalution) from the learners using evaluation forms and questionnaires.
Evaluation during the course however is ongoing (formative evaluation) as each week learners are encouraged to discuss the previous session and record their views in a diary entry in their ILPs. Achievements are also recorded in the ILP (meeting NFLP quality assurance and satisfying the Adult Learning Inspectorate (ALI) requirements. This information can be used to influence ongoing planning during the course. This evaluation can sometimes be fundamental in ensuring learners are happy and continue on...