A Case Study: Evaluating Distance Education at the University of the est WIndies
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AbstractThe University of the West Indies (UWI) is in the process of becoming a dual mode institution. Its Distance Education Centre (UWIDEC) was established to effect the university’s distance education mandate. The model of DE envisaged is a faculty-driven one. There still remains, within some sectors of the UWI, a reluctance to embrace DE, and this has implications for its successful implementation and, also, for its acceptance by the various stakeholders. These stakeholders include the broad university community – its students (both faceto-face and distance), regional governments (an important source of funding for the university), and the broader Caribbean community. All of these factors have implications for the way evaluations are envisioned and implemented and for their results. The paper is a case study of the evaluation of one DE course offered by the UWI. It describes the facilitators and barriers to the evaluation exercise, in addition to the evaluation results themselves.