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 International Journal of Education and Development using ICT > Vol. 3, No. 4 (2007) open journal systems 


RAT Online. The Wheel Spanner: An online self-defence course

Steven Yates


Abstract
The task of design, delivery and evaluation of online learning environments is a complex one. There is a multitude of learning approaches, software design tools and evaluation methods from which to choose. This paper focuses on the design, delivery and evaluation of an online course in Rough and Tumble (RAT), a South African martial art (wheel spanner for self-defence). The researcher uses the ‘eclectic-mixed methods-pragmatic paradigm’ as a theoretical framework, which allows researchers to link in other relevant theories. Development research forms the core research methodology, allowing the researcher to carry out both formative and effectiveness evaluation. Learner output, as well as questionnaires, expert reviews, and course interactions indicate that learners gained favourably in knowledge, skills and attitudes. Positive and less positive feedback forms a useful part of the evaluation guiding the researcher in further decision making for other online courses of this nature.


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