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Developing a Comprehensive Mixed Methods Evaluation to Address Contextual Complexities of a MOOC

Massive open online courses (MOOCs) are gaining popularity, yet they are rarely evaluated using mixed methods that consider the complexity of participants’ demographics, geographic spread, and MOOC design and curricula. In this article, we critically reflect on evaluating the Mixed Methods International Research Association (MMIRA) MOOC. A literature review on MOOCs and how they are evaluated is presented along with a logic model.

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Instructions to Authors

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES AND EVALUATION CRITERIA

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Advancing a Competency-Based Mixed Methods Tool to Assess a Course-Based Service-Learning Model Integrating Real-World Experience

Given increasingly complex societal issues such as global aging, evaluators must develop essential competencies responding to the messiness of reality. This practice note advances an argument for the inclusion of service learning as a form of experiential learning that engages learners in hands-on practice with guided reflection, and shares a competency-based mixed methods (MM) tool for generating learning evidence in a course-based service-learning model. I aligned key design elements with pedagogical approaches with evaluation competencies.

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Responding to the Evaluation Capacity Needs of the Early Childhood Field: Insights from a Mixed Methods Community-based Participatory Design

For this special issue, our article provides an illustrative example of data integration in a complex mixed methods design. It advances three mixed insights about the evaluation capacity needs of the early childhood field generated by using a mixed methods community-based participatory research (MMCBPR) design. We integrated quantitative findings from an evaluation capacity needs assessment tool with qualitative themes from community consultations.

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Un mot de la rédactrice

Je suis heureuse de vous présenter ce numéro spécial de la RCEP, pour lequel Cheryl Poth et Michelle Searle sont les rédactrices invitées. Le numéro spécial joue un rôle important dans l’approfondissement de notre compréhension de la méthodologie de l’évaluation, en mettant l’accent sur des cadres complexes de méthodes mixtes.

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