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To bridge the gap between theory and practice, the model proposes four courses according to the different evaluands that could be evaluated in a CSCL system.

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Each itinerary is formed by a set of questions that epitomize the aspects included in the described facets, helping evaluators to recognize some relevant issues that could affect their evaluand. The first course is expected to be followed by those CSCL practitioners who want to make sense of CSCL teaching practices. The second course could be used by those CSCL practitioners who contribute to the development of supportive technologies to CSCL practices. The third course is expected to be used by CSCL practitioners deeply concerned with particular aspects of CSCL learning practices, while the fourth one is devoted to those practitioners, institutions and researchers that want to evaluate the quality of a CSCL project. The differences among them can be seen, for instance, in the recommendations provided by the model on the data gathering techniques to be used, the selection of informants and the contextual issues that most affect each course. The courses are:As can be seen in the Figure below, the model´s core parts are: Three facets (Perspective, Ground and Method) that sumarizes some characteristics that could be taken into account while conducting an evaluation; four question-oriented practical courses (1st: Evaluating a CSCL program, innovation, course. 2nd Course: Evaluating a CSCL tool. 3rd Course: Evaluating a CSCL teaching strategy/learning resource. 4th Course: Evaluating a CSCL research project); a representation diagram with the aim of helping evaluators to plan an evaluation; and finally a set of recommendations to write the report of an evaluation using the current model.

Image 1 First Course Evaluation of CSCL programs, innovations, courses. It is expected to be followed by those CSCL practitioners who want to make sense of CSCL teaching practices
Image 2 Second Course Evaluation of CSCL tools. It could be used by those CSCL practitioners who contribute to the development of supportive technologies to CSCL practices.
Image 3 Third Course Evaluation of teaching strategies/learning resources to promote collaboration. It is expected to be used by CSCL practitioners deeply concerned with particular aspects of CSCL learning practices.
Image 4 Fourth Course Evaluation of CSCL projects. It is devoted to those practitioners, institutions and researchers that want to evaluate the quality of a CSCL research project.