Measurements in Distance Education: A Compendium of Instruments, Scales, and Measures for Evaluating Online Learning, 1st Edition (Paperback) book cover

Measurements in Distance Education

A Compendium of Instruments, Scales, and Measures for Evaluating Online Learning, 1st Edition

By Amy J. Catalano


166 pages | 2 B/W Illus.

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As more postsecondary faculty become engaged in designing online learning environments, research conducted on distance education program quality becomes increasingly important. Measurements in Distance Education is a concise, well-organized guide to some of the many instruments, scales, and methods that have been created to assess distance education environments, learners, and teachers. Entries are organized according to the qualities these measures attempt to gauge—such as engagement and information retention—and provide summaries of each instrument, usage information, the history of its development, and validation, including any reported psychometric properties. Offering more than 50 different surveys, tests, and other metrics, this book is an essential reference for anyone interested in understanding distance education assessment.


"Measurements in Distance Education presents fifty-eight instruments that have been used in online and distance education over the last twenty years, mainly self-report questionnaires (although some have been validated against behavioral data or learning analytics). Fourteen instruments are presented verbatim, and clear pointers are provided for accessing the remainder. This book will be an invaluable resource for researchers, practitioners, and their students."

—John Richardson, Emeritus Professor in Student Learning, The Open University, UK

"A great resource! Dr. Catalano has captured many of the instruments, scales, and measures relevant to distance education in one well-organized publication. "

—Ingrid Stewart, Professor of Mathematics at the College of Southern Nevada, USA

Table of Contents

Introduction; Index of Full Text Measures 1. Engagement and Satisfaction 2. Student Readiness to Learn Online and Self-Efficacy 3.Evaluation of the Distance Education Teaching and Learning Environment 4. Student Learning and Behaviors 5. Student Achievement, Retention and Attrition

About the Author

Amy J. Catalano is Associate Professor of Teaching and Learning as well as Library Services at Hofstra University, U.S.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
EDUCATION / Reference
EDUCATION / Testing & Measurement
EDUCATION / Computers & Technology
EDUCATION / Distance Education & Learning