Evaluation in the course development process : a learner centered approachEvaluation in the course development process : a learner centered approach
Faculty of Arts. Linguistics and Literature
Department of Linguistics
Applied Language Studies
English text construction. - Amsterdam
3(2010):1, p. 120-140
University of Antwerp
Evaluation is a critical but frequently underutilized part of the (language) course development process. Instructors' reasons for avoiding it vary, but often include the concern that conducting evaluations will draw time and attention away from course content. Using All Write, a first-year writing course at the University of Antwerp, as a case study, this article shows how mechanisms for feedback and evaluation can be incorporated into course materials with minimal impact, as well as demonstrates the benefits of evaluation as both a validation process and a guide for course revision. Moreover, it will show how the stakeholders, primarily learners, but also teachers, may be drawn into the process and potentially benefit from it.