Unpacking the Black Box of Efficacy

A framework for evaluating the effectiveness and researching the impact of digital learning tools.

November 29th, 2017

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Educators are flooded with choices as digital learning tools enter the higher education market. But how can instructors know if a product will be effective for their students? And, how should they assess if claims are relevant or reliable?

With such high stakes, we encourage educators to demand more transparent, reliable, and relevant evidence so you can make the best informed decisions about what learning products to use, why, and how.

To help, we've partnered with leading experts to develop a white paper that provides a concise and critical review of research methods used to assess learning products. And, we offer a future-looking framework that embraces the diversity of educational settings, allows for products that are continually evolving, and provides practical and transparent insights into how a product will be effective for you and under what circumstances.

Click here to download Unpacking the Black Box of Efficacy. Questions? Comments? Please share feedback with the Learning Science & Insights team by clicking here.

About Macmillan Learning:

Macmillan Learning improves lives through learning. Our legacy of excellence in education informs our approach to developing world-class content with pioneering, interactive tools. Through deep partnership with the world's best researchers, educators, administrators, and developers, we facilitate teaching and learning opportunities that spark student engagement and improve outcomes. We provide educators with tailored solutions designed to inspire curiosity and measure progress. Our commitment to teaching and discovery upholds our mission to improve lives through learning. Macmillan Learning includes both academic and institutional divisions. To learn more, please visit http://www.macmillanlearning.com or see us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIN or join our Macmillan Community.

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