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.

Kirkpatrick’s Four Level Learning Evaluation Framework aims to answer these questions:

  • Were learners satisfied with the training program?
  • Were learners able to demonstrate in-session what they learned?
  • Were learners able to retain and use what they learned in the real world?
  • Did the training program meet its overall goals?

In this course, a variety of evaluation data, sources and methods are discussed and assessed. Participants will examine the criteria for creating effective evaluation tools. Each participant will develop an evaluation strategy for a learning project using Kirkpatrick’s Evaluation Template.

Course Outline

  • Module 1: Defining Evaluation and Kirkpatrick's Model of Learning Evaluation
  • Module 2: Reaction and Learning Level Data, Methods, Sources and Considerations
  • Module 3: Transfer and Impact Level Data, Methods, Sources and Evaluation Strategy

What You Will Learn

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

  • define evaluation in the context of learning programs;
  • identify where evaluation fits in the program planning model;
  • demonstrate the link between learning outcomes and evaluation;
  • describe Kirkpatrick's Model of Evaluation;
  • examine data collection, sources, methods and timing;
  • review evaluation techniques for the four levels of evaluation;
  • assess a variety of evaluation forms, tests and questions;
  • discuss challenges in gathering training data; and
  • design a learning evaluation strategy using Kirkpatrick's Model.


Evaluation Strategy Design

This course provides learners with the opportunity to earn a microcredential. A microcredential is evidence of a skill or competency that is employment related. Dalhousie microcredentials are developed in collaboration with employers, industries, and/or organizations that relate to the content. A microcredential can be displayed on social media pages, digital resumes, personal webpages, and in email signatures. To earn the microcredential in this course, learners will need to successfully complete a competency-based assessment.

To learn more about microcredentials and how they can enhance your learning portfolio, watch this 30-second YouTube video (video opens in a new window).


For assistance or more information, 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

Applies Towards the Following Certificates

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Section Title
Evaluating Learning
Online - Self-Paced
Sep 06, 2024 to Sep 27, 2024
Online - Scheduled
7:00PM to 8:30PM
Sep 12, 2024 to Sep 26, 2024
Schedule and Location
Total Learning Hours
  • Online Campus - Atlantic Time
Instruction Delivery Method(s)
Course Fee(s)
Fee non-credit $675.00
Required Software
A webcam and microphone will be required for the live sessions.
Reading List / Textbook
There are no textbooks required for this course.
Section Notes
  • The course will open on the Friday, September 6, 2024 at 4:00 pm
  • This course includes 3 synchronous facilitated sessions. Click on View Details for dates. 
  • Sessions will be recorded for those who have time conflicts.


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