– with just one lesson a week for a term and with minimal teacher supervision!
From EdAlive’s earliest days, we resolved to make research-informed development the foundation of our educational publishing programme. Development was extensively informed by feedback from students and teachers, and classroom observation by our own practitioners. To this day we remain committed to educational design directed and validated by research and the realities of classroom practice.
New product development and continuous improvement are both underpinned by real-world research data and evidence-based best practice.
The results that have been uncovered are truly impressive and clearly demonstrate that students using the EdAlive Online Learning websites are making outstanding progress and demonstrating significant educational advantage, as identified above. Where possible, these gains have been externally validated by comparison with the relevant NAPLAN results.
In recent years, Dr Lindsay Brash has applied his extensive skills in data analysis and industry-based research to the analysis of the learning taking place through the use of EdAlive’s websites. His work shows how each website is operating under real-world conditions and against everything that students can throw at it. Research continues to drill down deeper into the data to optimise the effectiveness of the sites and thereby improve student outcomes.
Online delivery provides a powerful research opportunity. Longitudinal de-identified data allows researchers to measure users’ progress and achievement over time. Alongside this, continuous qualitative research is employed, gathering user feedback through school visits, reaching out to Challenge winners or speaking with users by phone or email.
Because we’re always hearing about teachers’ and parents’ needs and we’re able to continuously improve the user experience and optimise the operational performance of the online environment.
Examples of continuous improvement emerging from research findings include the development of: