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 Evaluation and Assessment Programs

Program, Project, Course Evaluation. Throughout our 15 year history we have had a strong evaluation program. We always include formative and summative evaluation plans in all our own projects. The evaluation and assessment program is led by Dr. Tina Bishop.

Evaluating the College of Exploration Pedagogy and Technology. We have two Ph.Ds. written about the technology and pedagoy we use. We also have a number of reports on our work. We have included links to most of them here.

The evaluation team includes Drs William Bragg and Virginia Little, both of whom completed their Ph.Ds studying the online learning approach and technology we use at the College of Exploration. We now have a third Ph.D in preparation on our approach by Chris Luketic, a student at Virginia Tech and a member of our evaluation team.

Dr. William Bragg is the College of Exploration Virtual Campus Director. His dissertation from George Mason University in Virginia in 1999 was a study of the work we do at the College of Exploration. His Ph.D is titled: "Constructivist Learning and Web-Based Computer Conferencing: Qualitative Analysis of Online Interaction among Graduate Students".

Dr. Virginia Little has led the Beat Street program here on the College of Exploration virtual campus for over 10 years. Her Ph.d is titled "Design Implementation and Assessment of an Online Writing Program for Multi-Age Students, Grades 4-12".

Several articles have been published that present the results of evaluation work and also the results of evaluation of workshops and courses on the College of Exploration Virtual Campus.:


HMS Challenger and Beyond, Ocean Exploration, Then, Now and the Future Online Workshop Evaluation Report

National Ocean Sciences Bowl Research Project - soon to be published in NMEA Current and on the CORE website


Classroom Exploration of Oceans 2003 was a series of nine workshops. The report is available as a PDF document


Online programs with NASA JPL - Ocean Envoys. Evaluation results


Project Ocean Steward was a program with National Geographic conducted in 2000. An article in the National Marine Educators Association Journal, Currents, on the Ocean Steward online workshop is available as a PDF documemt A full evaluation report is also available as a PDF document.

Classroom BATS was an NSF funded project (1998-2000) to BBSR and TCOE . The evaluation report is available as a PDF document


Evaluation and Assessment Services. The team has completed a number of evaluation and assessment studies for other organizations and programs.