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Course Description

This research methods course is designed to provide students with a broad overview of the knowledge base, traditions, and theories of quantitative, qualitative, and mixed methods research used in conducting program evaluations across many sectors including education and the non-profit sector. The course starts with a brief review of key evaluation concepts and processes followed by three modules on each methodology. Throughout the course, students will complete interactive individual and group exercises, including one field trip, to gain experience in applying different research methodologies to program evaluations while they prepare to design their own evaluation design as part of their culminating project.

Course Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to: 

  • Identify the strategies and theoretical concepts of quantitative, qualitative, and mixed methods research methodologies
  • Compute and summarize various statistics; understand the limitations of statistics, its methods, and its application to real world problems
  • Identify advantages and disadvantages of each research approach and when to apply each in evaluation design
  • Analyze practical problems evaluators face and identify solutions and alternatives
  • Describe the ethical considerations researchers should address when conducting evaluations

Applies Towards the Following Certificates

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Type
Class
Days
Sa
Time
9:00AM to 5:00PM
Dates
Oct 30, 2021 to Nov 13, 2021
Schedule and Location
Contact Hours
21.0
Course Tuition
Tuition non-credit $1,199.00
Section Notes

Welcome to the Flex Learning Experience - Real-time learning using live Zoom video conferencing— mirroring a more traditional classroom with regular interaction, - engaging activities, and the dynamic exploration of topics and concepts.

  • Dynamic exploration of topics, ideas and concepts with the instructor and students in the class
  • Interact regularly and frequently with your instructors and other students
  • Comparable level of accountability and engagement as classroom attendance
  • Lectures, discussions, and presentations occur at a specific hour
  • Face-to-face discussion, individual guidance, speed and immediacy to synchronous online learning
  • Immediate feedback - encouraging quick feedback on ideas, and support consensus and decision making
  • Pacing - encouraging students to keep up-to-date and provide a discipline to learning
  • Spontaneity - making it easy to add new ideas to the conversation, brainstorming or decision making
  • Familiarity - simulating a more traditional face-to-face environment
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