【关键词】在线远程教育； 质量保证； 课程评价
Ensuring Quality in an Online Distance Computing Course
AU YEUNG Lai Hung
(Center for Research in Distance &Adult Education,The Open University of Hong Kong,Hong Kong)
Abstract: This paper describes an illustrative case of an online distance education course in introductory computing which aimed to empower learners by facilitating active learning in an innovative, high quality, and studentcentered learning environment. This course was offered to 180 noncomputing science students at a university in Hong Kong. In this paper, this computing course will be first evaluated against various principles for good practice in undergraduate education that have been adapted for distance education, as well as the benchmarks established by The Institute for Higher Education Policy to ensure quality in Internetbased distance education. Secondly, students’ progress and experiences in this course were tracked in two similar surveys conducted before the midterm and final examinations, respectively. Results showed that towards the end of the course, statistically significant differences in learners’ behaviors were found, e.g., the use of selfassessment activities rose from an average of 1.27 hours per week prior to midterm examination to 2.63 hours per week prior to final examination. It was also observed that highachievers and low achievers adjusted their studying methods and their attitudes towards the course in different ways. It is expected that by documenting this experience, some good practice in technologymediated instruction can be identified.
Keywords: online distance education； quality assurance； course evaluation