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I don't know if any of you might be interested in reading a related article I wrote for Synergy: The Online Journal for the Association for the tutoring Profession.  The title of the article is "Attention, Reflection and Distraction: The Impact of Technology on Learning."  The abstract can be found at: http://www.myatp.org/ejournal.htm#Attention,_Reflection_and_Distraction .  you then have an option for either pdf of html access.

Jim 

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LRNASSTers:

For a very interesting article on classroom instructional/tutorial software, see

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/10/09/technology/a-classroom-software-boom-but-mixed-results-despite-the-hype.html?pagewanted=1&_r=1  

Although the article focuses on Carnegie Learning's Cognitive Tutor product and primarily on K-12, I think this is appropriate to examine in light of the greatly expanding use of similar software in the postsecondary world.  

An excerpt: "At Dundalk Middle School in Baltimore County, Md., for example, Carnegie Learning says that Cognitive Tutor led to an increase in the passing rate on a state assessment, to 86 percent in 2004 from 49 percent in 2002. What it does not say is that the rate remained at 85 percent last year, even though Dundalk dropped Cognitive Tutor in 2007 because of difficulties arranging lab time. 

That is why many academics dismiss case studies: it is too easy for slices of data to be taken out of context, or for correlation to be confused with causation. "

The What Works Clearinghouse study mentioned can be found at http://ies.ed.gov/ncee/wwc/interventionreport.aspx?sid=88   and the 2009 federal study mentioned is at http://ies.ed.gov/ncee/wwc/quickreviewsum.aspx?sid=126 

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Collegially, 
Alan Craig

NCLCA Past President

Interim Director, GPC Learning & Tutoring Center
Coordinator, Dunwoody LTC Location
Georgia Perimeter College
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If you have not already read this, check it out. It is the most delectable thing I have read on evaluation use in many a moon.

Inflating the Software Report Card: School Technology Companies Ignore Some Results NY Times Oct 9th, 2011 Front page http://www.nytimes.com/2011/10/09/technology/a-classroom-software-boom-but-mixed-results-despite-the-hype.html


Jonny
Jonathan A. Morell Ph.D.
Director of Evaluation
Fulcrum Corporation
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