Posting from the Penn State Creamery

My current research is on the best practices for e-Learning. I've been going through a number of different measures for course evaluation, and examining them from an e-Learning perspective.

One popular survey, the Students' Evaluation of Educational Quality (SEEQ) by Marsh, is currently used by the Schryer's honors college at Penn State. While this survey has excellent reliability, the discriminant validity for e-Learning courses is questionable. The survey tends to confound course content with the instructor as an entity. This may be part of the reason that as Richardson (2005) suggests, the measure shows good discriminant validity for instructors, but not courses. Questions such as:
"Instructor presents the background or origin of ideas/concepts developed in class." are therefore somewhat challenging to adapt to a distance education or online learning experience. While content presented in a traditional classroom might be developed by the instructor or another entity, online content is often the product of Instructional Designers as well as Instructors, and is not "presented" by anyone. 

For those of you who don't know, Penn State has it's own creamery, where it sells Penn State ice cream and other dairy products. Yes, Penn State also has cows, and they're often quite visible from the main stadium parking lot. If I were to say that I'll be on campus until the cows come home, it's a verifiable statement. I haven't paid that much attention, but I don't really see them out grazing past sunset, so I'm going to have to say I've often been on campus until after the cows come home.