Date of Award


Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy


Educational Leadership, Research and Technology

First Advisor

Dr. Gary Miron


In the last two decades, organizations have increasingly used computer-based instruction as a method to deliver training to employees and instruction to students. The e-learning market reached $50 billion in 2005 and is expected to double by 2010. A number of different evaluation models can and have been used to measure effectiveness and worth of programs. However, the literature indicates the evaluation of e-learning may need to develop new models for evaluation.

The purpose of this study is to develop a framework to enhance the process of elearning evaluation in organizations. The E-Learning Evaluation Checklist (ELEC)— which was developed and applied in this dissertation—is based on Scriven's Key Evaluation Checklist and addresses elements required for evaluation of e-learning in organizations.

Three sequential and distinct data collection phases were used in this study: (a) an expert panel review, (b) a pilot study using the draft checklist, and (c) an online survey of persons that might be interested to used this checklist. Revisions were made to the checklist after each phase of data collection. Feedback from the expert panel members helped to focus and streamline the checklist. Their suggestions also ensured that the checklist was more understandable for a broader audience. The pilot study involved using the checklist to guide the development of an evaluation plan for a local e-learning program. This activity helped the author understand and address some of the questions and weaknesses that others would face when using the checklist. The data from the online survey of e-learning by professionals yielded information on how the checklist was perceived by a broader audience.

Access Setting

Dissertation-Open Access