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Theories in Technology Evaluation

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Theories in Technology Evaluation

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.

Course learning outcomes

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.

First Published: 10/08/2012

Updated: 24/08/2016

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