Research Underpins Development of All EdAlive Central Websites

EdAlive is committed to educational design directed and validated by research. Ongoing development of our products follows evidence-based best practice.

3 new EdAlive Central powered websites released in 2020

Using this approach EdAlive has launched three exciting new EdAlive Central powered online learning websites during 2020: Words Rock Online, Baggin’ the Dragon Maths Online, and Volcanic Panic Reading Success Online. All of these have been developed from our widely popular CD-based products. Not only were these popular in the classroom, but also at home, seeing use in Australia and beyond. Product development was extensively informed by feedback from students and teachers, and classroom observation by our own practitioners. So, we already knew that students found these products to be engaging and enjoyable. Additionally, teachers could see their classes being challenged and actively learning.

In the process of refreshing these products for their new online format, revolutionary features have been added. These include automated adaptive learning, real time multi-player games and built-in reports. Even as the stable of online products expands, EdAlive remains committed to continuous improvement. We do this to achieve the best outcomes for students and teachers. We remain convinced that well-designed online learning not only increases knowledge but that it also builds confidence and a love of learning. The culmination of this priming students for ongoing success.

Analysis of real-time data underpins our development

Since the online launch of these new websites, a fresh and powerful research angle has opened. This is accomplished through real-time data collection showing how each website operates under real-time conditions. We also gain insight against everything that students can throw at it. Already we can see that the websites are operating robustly and largely as anticipated. Informed by this feedback we have made a range of minor changes to the websites. This in turn helps further our operational optimisation.

While data is accumulating for the new websites, early research will focus on defining reliable measures of student progress – both as a basis for further research, and as part of the design of reporting modules for students, teachers and parents.

Research directions and findings

Further investigation will seek to drill down deeper into the data to ensure the greatest level of success. One example of this is checking each website is effective across students with diverse backgrounds over the widest possible age range. We will also quantify the educational progress and advantage that is gained by regular use, and what patterns of use are most effective. Later work will look into correlations with performance in external benchmarks such as NAPLAN.

The results of these studies will be published firstly in blog articles on this site. These findings will add to the body of research related to our current and continuing studies for our longer-established Apps, Typing Tournament Online and Maths Invaders Online. The results clearly show that students using these websites are making outstanding progress and with a demonstrated educational advantage. Where possible these gains have been externally validated by comparison with the relevant NAPLAN results.

Collaboration with the University of New England

We are currently engaged with independent researchers from the University of New England to further explore the impact of our products on learning from an educational psychology perspective.

Dr Lindsay Brash


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