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Theories in Technology Evaluation

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This free course, Theories in Technology Evaluation, is devoted to exploring and analysing the theoretical and political nature of evaluation and assessment. It introduces theories and paradigms that play important roles in how we design, conduct and use evaluations and assessments, and deals with the thorny issue of participation in evaluation.

After studying this unit you should be able to:

  • Explain your view of the role of technology evaluation and assessment
  • Distinguish between the different basic types of evaluation, and state how, why and where they are applicable
  • Discuss the importance of technology evaluation and assessment in different contexts and at different stages in the development, implementation and use of technology or technology-based projects, programmes and policies
  • Analyse the theoretical, conceptual and methodological issues and concerns that come into play during the design, application and outcome of the evaluation and assessment of technologies, and technology-based projects, programmes and policies
  • Apply the principles, procedures and practices discussed in this unit to real-life examples of technology assessment and evaluation in a range of contexts.

By: The Open University

  • Duration 20 hours
  • Updated Wednesday 24th August 2016
  • Advanced level
  • Posted under Technology
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Theories in technology evaluation

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This course explores the role of, and relationship between, theories and paradigms and evaluation. A theory is simply a supposition or a system of ideas intended to explain something, or a set of principles on which some form of activity is based. Paradigms are something more; put simply a paradigm represents a perspective or point of view affecting what is recognised, known, valued and done. As such, a paradigm advances both a set of assumptions about the world and a philosophical framework for the study of that world. For example, computer science or engineering provide different paradigms for the evaluation and explanation of technological developments from those provided by sociology or psychology.

This OpenLearn course provides a sample of Level 3 study in Technology http://www.open.ac.uk/ courses/ find/ technology [Tip: hold Ctrl and click a link to open it in a new tab. (Hide tip)] .

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