EVALUATION for Workplace Education Research Paper Assignment



  1. 1.     Preparation – “literature review”   to support your points in Parts 2, 3 and 4
  2. 2.     Critique of your own learning
  3. 3.     Being evaluated by your boss or another critique
  4. 4.     Best Practices for using Evaluation in a workshop that you have/led or are/going to lead.




Module Three’s Learning Outcome focuses on the evaluation of workplace education. Theories and methodologies of evaluation can be applied to the following:

  • Trainees’ perceptions of the workplace education they experience
  • How employers measure the work employees do (perhaps for the purpose of evaluating learning transfer)
  • How workplace educators can ensure their trainees have met the learning objectives



Complete the following:


1. Using the Educational Databases and search for articles about evaluation.


2. Within these articles, gather ideas about how experts apply evaluation in educational settings. If you find an idea you like, summarize it in your own words and write down the reference for that source (article).


3. Write your paper (see details below) and defend your ideas about how to use evaluation in workplace education by citing the ideas from database articles. Essentially, you’ll apply best practices in evaluation as defended by the sources you cite. Ideally, all the ideas in your paper will cite a source. You may end up using an idea from the materials from our online course; if so, locate ideas in the textbook and cite this resource.


Headings within the Paper

To receive full marks, you must use the following headings and details in your paper:


1.  Introduction – In one paragraph, summarize the content of the paper including any questions you hope your paper will answer.


  1. Critique of how workplace education was evaluated – Provide commentary on your own individual experience(s) in the workplace: as an employee—did you (or, how did you) get to evaluate the education you received? If you don’t have a lot of work experience or very interesting experiences with workplace education, create a hypothetical workplace complete with various aspects of workplace training.  Just make it up!


  1. Critique of how employee competency evaluation was performed (either as an employee performance evaluation or as a way of evaluating employee transfer of learning). Again, what was your experience, and what do you think about how these competency evaluations were done? If you don’t have a lot of work experience, make up your experience or elaborate on your true, but limited experience of having your work evaluated.


  1. Best Practice example of using evaluation (formative and summative) to ensure training objectives are met  Describe an example of an Active Learning Experience and then provide details of how you would optimally provide feedback and evaluate trainees at the conclusion of the educational experience. This is not a critique of something you witnessed/experienced. Instead, it’s you dreaming up an ideal application of evaluation.


5.  Summary/Conclusion In a paragraph similar in content to the introduction, outline the content of your paper and restate your conclusions. Identify further questions that need exploration.


For those with little work experience: tips on creating a hypothetical workplaceIf you personally have very little work experience and your imagination isn’t working for you, speak with more experienced workers to gather/create ideas, experiences, and issues for your hypothetical workplace. The chosen strategies/activities may arise from concepts introduced in the course online resources. However, you must support these ideas with additional references from the literature you seek and identify with through your own searches. 

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