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Types of technology assessment

When introduction of instructional technology is a part of a program (e.g., critical thinking development program, in which concept mapping software is used) or constitutes an entire program (e.g., digital media service program, which include promoting multimedia project assignments, technology instruction, media lab operation, and media equipment lending, etc.), instructional technology assessment is really program evaluation that contains a focus on the use of technology. 

Program evaluation is an umbrella term that encompasses several distinct types of evaluation that have different purposes.  Three commonly used types are needs, process and outcome evaluation.  These types of program evaluation are also conducted for assessing technology use often.

Program evaluation types: needs, process and outcomes evaluations

Needs, process, and outcome evaluations can either be formative or summative depending upon when the program is evaluated and how the results are used. 

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