ECOLOGY METAPHOR: merits and challenges involved in formative evaluation: Jeff Waistell
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21 February 2013
What are the merits and challenges involved in formative evaluation in the domain of sustainability? I believe that evaluation should bio-mimicry ecology itself:
- as the planet has many species and habitats, so evaluation must take into account other stakeholders, human and non-human (e.g. how to evaluate whether the MOOC can have, and is having, an impact on environmentalism.
- ecology evokes systems impacts within a complex web of interactions. Thus it is necessary to see how the functions of the MOOC - learning, discussion, and campaigning - affect each other. And how do stakeholders interact?
- How is this MOOC evolving into a MOOOLE - a massive, open, online, and ongoing learning environment? Is is it developing a life of its own, growing by itself without being regimented by its originator?
- Are the habitats (e.g. diffferent discussion areas and technologies) conducive to the health and interaction of their species (learners)?
- Is there a climate change in the air? i.e. is there a developing concerns for environmental issues?
- Is this MOOOLE sustainable? Will it last? What will keep it going in the future?