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Title: Dynamic probing of educational quality: the SEIN system
Authors: Westera, Wim
Wouters, Pieter
Ebrecht, Diny
Vos, Marcel
Boon, Jo
Keywords: Quality
Online learning
Electronic questionnaire
Online evaluation
Issue Date: 2007
Publisher: ANCED
Abstract: This chapter describes the design and implementation of a web-based system for the evaluation of distance learning courses at the Open University of the Netherlands. The evaluation system is called SEIN, which is the Dutch word for SIGNAL. The SEIN system comprises the arrangement and publication of course-related electronic questionnaires and the highly automated collection and aggregation of the students’ responses. From early 2007 SEIN has been in operation at most of faculties of the Open University of the Netherlands (Law, Arts, Environmental Sciences, Educational technology, Business administration and Psychology) and it covers up to some 200 courses. SEIN is thereby an important institutional quality assurance tool for the monitoring and evaluation of Open University courses. Next, we will first outline the educational context of the Open University of the Netherlands. Subsequently, we will identify important internal and external drivers for quality assurance, we will outline the relevant characteristics of the SEIN system, and we will describe the process of implementation. Finally, preliminary effects of the SEIN implementation will be presented.
Description: Westera, W., Wouters, P., Ebrecht, D., Vos, M., & Boon, J. (2007). Dynamic probing of educational quality: the SEIN system. In A. Landeta (Ed.), Good Practice E-Learning Book (Chapter 10, pp. 165-176). Madrid, Spain: ANCED.
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