Course Description

This course is 12 learning hours including the 4.5 hours of live sessions.  It recommended that learners spend approximately 4 hours per week on this course, including the 1.5 hour live session.

Evaluation has a broad scope of functions with opportunities to inject evaluation into all stages of the program planning process. In this module, a variety of evaluation methods are demonstrated, practiced and assessed. The effectiveness and appropriate application of a variety of methods of evaluation are discussed and participants are introduced to the reaction, learning, transfer and impact stages of evaluation. Participants will examine the criteria for developing effective evaluation tools and practice application through the development of an evaluation plan for a specific group project. The link between well constructed learning objectives and an evaluation strategy is clearly established through the group work.

Course Outline

  • Module 1:  Introduction to Evaluations
  • Module 2:  Types of Assessments and Universal Design of Learning (UDL)
  • Module 3:  Fair Evaluation Practices and Program Evaluations

What You Will Learn

By the end of this course, you will be able to:

  • Define “program evaluation” and what it entails.
  • Demonstrate the link between learning outcomes and evaluation.
  • Define the purpose(s) and user(s) of the evaluation.
  • Identify where evaluation fits in the program planning model.
  • Determine the possible components and methods of program evaluation.
  • Consider the stages of development in terms of different approaches and the overall framework.
  • Consider how to best analyze and interpret evaluation results.


For assistance or more information, please contact openlearning@dal.ca.

The Faculty of Open Learning and Career Development recommends an intermediate level of English language proficiency for the most effective learning and participation in our online and face-to-face courses.   A list of minimum recommended scores on some common English tests can be found on our website.  If you have questions about your English language proficiency and ability to succeed in this course, please contact openlearning@dal.ca.

Recommended For

  • Those interested in working in the field of adult education (training, facilitation, coaching, mentoring, etc.)
  • Those interested in design learning programs for adults.


I would definitely recommend this course to others.  As an instructor, it helped me understand the underpinnings of the purpose of evaluations, how to provide a better student-centred learning environment and finally how I can provide clear evaluation criteria and ensure a fair process of evaluation.

Barbara (Lynn) Crockatt, Lead Instructor, Paramedic Programs; Justice Institute of British Columbia

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