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Evaluation - The Final Phase [continued]
Summative evaluation, unlike formative, occurs at the end of a block of instruction. It is here that you determine if students have attained the objectives and outcomes intended. Summative evaluation may identify problems in the design of the instruction, or it may alert you to omissions in the content presented. Properly done, formative evaluation strategies, coupled with good design, will result in summative evaluation tools that can easily validate the content.

Instructional evaluation is more than simply looking for correct answers on a test. Taking an ISD approach to the design of instruction, you’ll need to incorporate the ideas of evaluation into writing the objectives. If the course requires some level of testing, as most courses do, your objectives serve to identify what you write test items about.


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