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The aim of this free course, Technology Evaluation, is to provide you with the knowledge you need to develop and work with forms of evaluation that take full account of the contextual, conceptual and theoretical factors that underpin, inform and shape the evaluation and assessment of technology and technology-intensive projects and programmes.
Course learning outcomes
After studying this course, you should be able to:
- explain your view of the role of technology evaluation and assessment
- distinguish between the different 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 stage 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 block to real-life examples of technology assessment and evaluation in a range of contexts.
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- Learning outcomes
- 1 Introduction
- 2 Why understanding technology evaluation matters
- 3 Unpacking evaluation
- 4 The functions of evaluation
- 4 The functions of evaluation
- 4.1 Technology assessment
- 4.1.1 The relationship between the macro, meso and micro
- 4.1.2 A brief history of macro and meso technology assessment
- 4.1.3 Contemporary macro and meso technology assessment
- 4.1.4 National and cultural variations in assessment (and evaluation)
- 4.1.5 The globalisation of cultural images and views of technology
- 4.1.6 Undertaking contemporary technology assessment
- 4.1.7 Micro-level technology assessment
- 4.1.8 Technology assessment: issues and illusions
- 4.2 Technology evaluation
- 4.3 Recognising the complexity of evaluation
- 4.4 Beyond the formative–summative divide
- 4.5 Evaluation and knowledge generation for conceptual use
- 4.6 Summarising the distinction between the forms and purposes of evaluation
- 4.7 The characteristics of ‘effective practical evaluation’
- 5 Defining benefits and costs
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