Chitura and Manyanhaire
Greener Journal of Education and Training Studies Vol. 3 (1), pp. 001-008, March 2015.
Manuscript Number: 012315016
Programme Evaluation in Distance Education: A Function of Quality Assurance
Chitura Miriam1* Manyanhaire Itai Offat2
1. Senior Lecturer Health Sciences: Zimbabwe Open University
2. Senior Lecturer, Geography and Environmental Studies: Zimbabwe Open University
Emails: 1miriamchitura @ yahoo.com; 2offatmanya @ yahoo.com
*Corresponding Author’s Email: miriamchitura @yahoo. com
Programme evaluation is a systematic way of gathering, analyzing and utilizing information to answer basic questions about projects, policies and programmes. Methodologies included cross sectional surveys and review of literature to gather data. Evaluation in open and distance learning is undertaken to guide decision-makers programme leaders, programme coordinators with an overall objective to improve service delivery and client satisfaction. This objectives of this paper is to discuss the concept of programme evaluation as a function of quality assurance citing examples from the Zimbabwe Open University. Quality assurance is described as a process of ensuring that students who enter a programme exit with the requisite standards of competence through employing a combination of learning and infrastructural resources. Programme evaluation, whether it be positivist, interpretive or critical-emancipatory, takes place in specific socio-political contexts. The various evaluation typologies must be understood in the context of the distance and open learning institutions and that they are intended to enhance quality assurance at various levels of programme implementation.
Key words: distance education, formative evaluation, needs assessment.
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