Evaluating the Impact of Listservs
in the Educational Setting


Why Evaluate?


Too often in the educational setting, the evaluation of technology and its impact on students is overlooked. Teachers and students spend time learning software applications and various activities, but formal evaluation (be it objective or subjective) is difficult. However, evaluation cannot be overlooked. For many reasons, the use of technology and its impact must be thought-out and documented by the professionals who use it in order to gain support for technology purchases and use.
What we have done below is simply list some starting points for evaluating the use of Listserv, and in some cases, any form of technology use in the classroom. The list is not meant to be all-inclusive, but a starting point. Also, you will note that many of our ideas are very general. For most of the ideas, there will be several ways to objectively measure the impact.

Ideas for Evaluating the Impact of Listservs

  1. Does student interaction increase as a result of Listserv (technology) use?
  2. Is a student more procifient as a reader and a writer as a result of Listserv (technology) use?
  3. Has the student increased his/her vocabulary as a result of Listserv (technology) use?
  4. Do you see an increase in the general knowledge a student possesses and shares with others, or in his/her written work as a result of Listserv (technology) use?
  5. Has the student's degree of interest, involvement, motivation, etc. increased as a result of Listserv (technology) use?
  6. Is the student becoming a resource for others within the classroom as a result of Listserv (technology) use?
  7. Has the student grown in his/her interest in learning, technology, research as a result of Listserv (technology) use?

Send Us Your Listserv Ideas

Do you have other ideas about how to use Listserv in the classroom or how to evaluate its impact? Please go to our Credits page and e-mail Dr. Harold Johnson with your ideas so he can update the web site. We would also appreciate it if you would send your ideas to any of us (the Web Page Researchers & Developers), though we will not be in charge of maintaining this site.


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