At e-Literate, we believe that vendors who make genuine contributions to education should get extra attention from universities during procurement processes. But can be hard to tell who those vendors are.
The Standard of Proof webinar series helps to address this problem by highlighting what we believe are genuine contributions by vendors who are sponsors of e-Literate’s Empirical Educator Project (EEP). Although EEP vendors are already vetted for their contributions to higher education, we only offer Standard of Proof webinars if the vendors meet the following additional criteria:
- They must have completed a project that either contributes meaningful new knowledge about how to support student success or propagates evidence-based practices in the same vein. That project must benefit all of education, including non-customers of the vendor.
- The project must have included some element of meaningful partnership with or peer review by academics who are willing to publicly characterize the nature of the partnership and vouch for the contribution in some way.
Webinars emphasize the project itself and what we are learning from it, particularly from the perspective of the academic partners. These are not traditional marketing webinars but rather educational webinars which serve the added purpose of recognizing the organizations that are helping us learn something new and important about how to serve students better.
To be notified of upcoming webinars by email, please click here.
Update: Due to summer vacations, we are in the process of rescheduling this (and other) Blursday sessions for August. Sorry, and stay tuned! We’re lucky this Blursday to be joined by Tom Cavanagh, University of Central Florida Vice President for Digital Learning. Tom has been building one of the great online and blended, evidence-based, faculty-friendly digital learning programs since before MIT and Stanford invented digital learning! He’s also the co-host of the TOPcast podcast. Tom has always straddled the worlds of pragmatism and innovation, always focusing on the practical while being unafraid to try something new. He’s a great person to chat with about the new abnormal. BYOB.
Blursdays are back, but with some grant-funded crowdsourcing social-good fun! Relatedly, come get an update about my start-up, Argos Education.
Macmillan Learning describes their contribution to impact research and transparency during the early stages of EdTech product development.
- Driving Toward a Degree: It Takes a Village to Increase Student Retention Improving student retention has been a hot topic for both mission- and sustainability-related reasons. There are so many different experiments and approaches being undertaken that it can be hard to tell what works and what to pay attention to. Tyton Partners, using a clever mixed method research approach, has identified institutions that are having a real impact on student success and discovered some common characteristics. Thursday, May 21st at 2:00 PM ET.
- Results You Can Trust: Building a Rigorous and Relevant Portfolio of Evidence of the Efficacy of Edtech March 11th, 2020: Educational technology has the potential to innovate pedagogy, but the focus on instructor and student perceptions of tools, and the lack of rigorous and relevant evidence of effectiveness has resulted in false starts and frustrations. In 2017, with the development of their next generation platform Achieve, Macmillan Learning established an innovative approach to demonstrating efficacy.
- Competency-based Credentials for Educational Professionals: LX Pathways from iDesign February 20th, 2020: Colleges and universities face a surprising new skills gap within their own ranks: instructional designers. With instructional design job postings increasing by as much as triple, the demand for trained instructional design professionals is far outpacing supply. Higher education is facing a shortage of talent—and evidence-based practice in learning sciences and technology—to navigate a complex new landscape of online and digital learning. To tackle this challenge, Instructional design firm iDesign recently announced its LX Pathways initiative, to help learning experience design professionals gain skills through a new program developed to help close the skills shortage in qualified instructional design professionals.
- Overcoming Barriers to Enrollment: Can AI Increase Student Success? Higher ed administrators are likely familiar with “summer melt” – the phenomenon in which students are admitted to college, accept, but never show up on campus. It most often impacts first-generation college students who run into challenges during the enrollment process—often bureaucratic ones, like getting a health form or a parental signature—and don’t have the support they need to overcome the hurdle.