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Thursday, April 26 • 11:15am - 11:35am
Don’t Forget the “R” in R&D! Lessons from a Formative Research Study for Inclusive Ed-tech Design

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There is widespread debate in the field of K-12 education about the extent to which education technology (ed-tech) products allow for inclusive access to effective learning. In order to inform their decisions and strategy, teachers, administrators, and policy makers need to know: Can ed-tech serve learners from diverse backgrounds, across a broad range of abilities? Ultimately, the answer to this question comes down to the type of ed-tech in question, and how it is utilized. To create ed-tech that is as inclusive as possible, many developers strive for design that is universal. However, it is challenging to measure the success of these efforts. We argue that increased partnerships between ed-tech companies—often too small to house their own research team—and researchers can build an iterative cycle of formative development that results in more inclusive ed-tech products. We highlight one short example of such research support his argument.

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Laura Gluck

Laura Gluck is a Senior Research Associate with the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Program at WestEd. She works on a number of projects ranging from formative evaluation to large-scale impact studies. Her role at WestEd is primarily focused on edtech and includes... Read More →
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Rachel Tripathy

Rachel Tripathy is a Research Associate for the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) program at WestEd. She has extensive experience working on education projects with a focus on randomized trials and quantitative research methods. Her research interests include... Read More →

Thursday April 26, 2018 11:15am - 11:35am EDT
Universal Center