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Experiments in Educational Research and Practice

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Experiments in Educational Research and Practice

  1. 1. Experiments in Educational Research & Practice Joseph Jay Williams josephjaywilliams@gmail.com www.josephjaywilliams.com Lytics Lab, Office of the Vice Provost of Online Education, Graduate School of Education, Stanford
  2. 2. Experiments in Educational Research & Practice • Kinds of Experiments – – – – • Laboratory Design experiment (Brown, 1992) In vivo embedded experiments (Koedinger, Corbett & Perfetti, 2010) Randomized Controlled Trial/Intervention Experiments & Internet, Online Education – Internet-facilitated Laboratory studies • • • – – – – • • Mechanical Turk (tiny.cc/mechanicalturk ) Qualtrics/Rapid authoring tools (cognitivescience.co/qualtrics ) “A/B testing” more widespread Iterative Design & Improvement (Amy Collier, Stanford Office of Online Learning) In vivo motivation experiment on Khan Academy (Williams et al, 2013, MOOCshop) Conducting Randomized Trials over the Internet (Paunesku, Greene, Williams) Bridging Studies (Williams et al, 2012; Williams & Poldsam, 2013) REPEAT Approach to Experimental Research on Online/Blended Resources Identifying a Practical Online Context for your Research Question – – – – Partner with platform *early* in research “Customer Development”: Engaging with Products/Teachers/Districts/Curricula Designers (Blank & Reese, 2010) Examples of Blended Learning Resources & MOOCs Examples of resources that support Randomized Trials – – Interventions extended over time Bridging studies • • Engaging with Practitioners – – How to communicate value of experiments Consulting • • • • – – • Educational companies & publishers (marcy.baughman@pearson.com ) Corporate Training & E-Learning (E-learning guild, Devlearn, Bror Saxberg, Will Thalheimer) Medical Education & Health Behavior (Medbiquitous, International Society for Internet Interventions, cognitivescience.co/behaviorchange) Synthesize literature: PSLC Wiki, www.josephjaywilliams.com/education Grant funding (IES, NSF, Gates, Spencer, moocresearch.com) Virtual collaboration on practical resources (www.learnnetwork.net ) Experiments & … – – – • Go to the source: Empirically test value of instructional prescriptions & professional development (University of Virginia, Computer Supported Collaborative Learning (Rose) Cognitive Tutors (Aleven, Ritter, Koedinger) EDM & AIED (Stamper, Gordon, Pardos) Conducting Experiments (tiny.cc/conductingexperiments)
  3. 3. Kinds of Experiments – – – – Laboratory Design experiment (Brown, 1992) In vivo embedded experiments (Koedinger, Corbett & Perfetti, 2010) Randomized Controlled Trial/Intervention
  4. 4. Experiments & Internet, Online Education – Online Educational Resources – Internet-facilitated Laboratory studies • Mechanical Turk (tiny.cc/mechanicalturk ) • Qualtrics/Rapid authoring tools (cognitivescience.co/qualtrics ) • “A/B testing” more widespread – Iterative Design & Improvement (Amy Collier, Stanford Office of Online Learning) – In vivo motivation experiment on Khan Academy (Williams et al, 2013, MOOCshop) – Conducting Randomized Trials over the Internet (Paunesku, Greene, Williams) – Bridging Studies (Williams et al, 2012; Williams & Poldsam, 2013)
  5. 5. Online Education Send questions to tiny.cc/apsonlinelearning
  6. 6. A Novel Opportunity for Research
  7. 7. Integrate Research & Practice • Randomized assignment • Experimental Control • Rich data • Real-world environment • Authentic activities • Practical Challenges • Generalizable theories • “in vivo” experiments • Diverse populations • Practical improvements • Disseminate research • Generate Funding
  8. 8. Experiments & Internet, Online Education – Internet-facilitated Laboratory studies • Mechanical Turk (tiny.cc/mechanicalturk ) • Qualtrics/Rapid authoring tools (cognitivescience.co/qualtrics ) • “A/B testing” more widespread – Iterative Design & Improvement (Amy Collier, Stanford Office of Online Learning) – In vivo motivation experiment on Khan Academy (Williams et al, 2013, MOOCshop) – Conducting Randomized Trials over the Internet (Paunesku, Greene, Williams) – Bridging Studies (Williams et al, 2012; Williams & Poldsam, 2013)
  9. 9. In-vivo motivation experiment on Khan Academy Jascha Paunesku, • Williams,Sohl-Dickstein Haley, & SohlDickstein, MOOCshop, AIED • Embed messages in online Khan Academy exercises • Effect of Growth Mindset beyond encouragement?
  10. 10. Implicit beliefs about Intelligence • On a scale from 1 to 10, how much do you agree that? – Your intelligence is something very basic about you that you can’t change very much. – No matter how much intelligence you have, you can always change it quite a bit. • Growth vs. Fixed Mindset (Dweck, 2007)
  11. 11. Experimentally manipulate added messages Practice-as-usual Message Growth Mindset Message Positive Some of these problems are hard. Do your best! Remember, the more you practice the smarter you become!
  12. 12. Design Practice-as-usual • Growth Mindset Message • Positive Message • • • "Remember, the more you practice the smarter you become.”, "Mistakes help you learn. Think hard to learn from them.” • "Some of these problems are hard. Just do your best." "This might be a tough problem, but we know you can do it.” • 50 000+ students per condition • Dependent measures: – Number of problems completed – Number correct on first attempt – Accuracy
  13. 13. R.E.P.E.A.T. Framework for Online Education Research • • • • • • Realistic Experimental Product Evaluated Accessible Theoretically motivated • REPEAT – iteratively improve through revision & collaboration 13
  14. 14. Research & Practice in Online Education • APS symposium: Williams, Saxberg, Means, Mitros. (2013). Online Learning and Psychological Science: Opportunities to integrate research and practice. • Williams, J. J., Renkl, A., Koedinger, K., Stamper, J. (2013). Online Education: A Unique Opportunity for Cognitive Scientists to Integrate Research and Practice. In M. Knauff, M. Pauen, N. Sebanz, & I. Wachsmuth (Eds.), Proceedings of the 35th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society.
  15. 15. Experiments in Educational Research & Practice • Kinds of Experiments – – – – • Laboratory Design experiment (Brown, 1992) In vivo embedded experiments (Koedinger, Corbett & Perfetti, 2010) Randomized Controlled Trial/Intervention Experiments & Internet, Online Education – Internet-facilitated Laboratory studies • • • – – – – • • Mechanical Turk (tiny.cc/mechanicalturk ) Qualtrics/Rapid authoring tools (cognitivescience.co/qualtrics ) “A/B testing” more widespread Iterative Design & Improvement (Amy Collier, Stanford Office of Online Learning) In vivo motivation experiment on Khan Academy (Williams et al, 2013, MOOCshop) Conducting Randomized Trials over the Internet (Paunesku, Greene, Williams) Bridging Studies (Williams et al, 2012; Williams & Poldsam, 2013) REPEAT Approach to Experimental Research on Online/Blended Resources Identifying a Practical Online Context for your Research Question – – – – Partner with platform *early* in research “Customer Development”: Engaging with Products/Teachers/Districts/Curricula Designers (Blank & Reese, 2010) Examples of Blended Learning Resources & MOOCs Examples of resources that support Randomized Trials – – Interventions extended over time Bridging studies • • Engaging with Practitioners – – How to communicate value of experiments Consulting • • • • – – • Educational companies & publishers (marcy.baughman@pearson.com ) Corporate Training & E-Learning (E-learning guild, Devlearn, Bror Saxberg, Will Thalheimer) Medical Education & Health Behavior (Medbiquitous, International Society for Internet Interventions, cognitivescience.co/behaviorchange) Synthesize literature: PSLC Wiki, www.josephjaywilliams.com/education Grant funding (IES, NSF, Gates, Spencer, moocresearch.com) Virtual collaboration on practical resources (www.learnnetwork.net ) Experiments & … – – – • Go to the source: Empirically test value of instructional prescriptions & professional development (University of Virginia, Computer Supported Collaborative Learning (Rose) Cognitive Tutors (Aleven, Ritter, Koedinger) EDM & AIED (Stamper, Gordon, Pardos) Conducting Experiments (tiny.cc/conductingexperiments)
  16. 16. Identifying a Practical Online Context for your Research Question – Partner with platform *early* in research – “Customer Development”: Engaging with Products/Teachers/Districts/Curricula Designers (Blank & Reese, 2010) – Examples of Blended Learning Resources & MOOCs – Examples of resources that support Randomized Trials • Go to the source: Empirically test value of instructional prescriptions & professional development (University of Virginia, – Interventions extended over time – Bridging studies
  17. 17. Engaging with Practitioners – How to communicate value of experiments – Consulting • Educational companies & publishers (marcy.baughman@pearson.com ) • Corporate Training & E-Learning (E-learning guild, Devlearn, Bror Saxberg, Will Thalheimer) • Medical Education & Health Behavior (Medbiquitous, International Society for Internet Interventions, cognitivescience.co/behaviorchange) • Synthesize literature: PSLC Wiki, www.josephjaywilliams.com/education – Grant funding (IES, NSF, Gates, Spencer, moocresearch.com) – Virtual collaboration on practical resources (www.learnnetwork.net )
  18. 18. Experiments & … – Computer Supported Collaborative Learning (Rose) – Cognitive Tutors (Aleven, Ritter, Koedinger) – EDM & AIED (Stamper, Gordon, Pardos)
  19. 19. Experiments in Educational Research & Practice • Kinds of Experiments – – – – • Laboratory Design experiment (Brown, 1992) In vivo embedded experiments (Koedinger, Corbett & Perfetti, 2010) Randomized Controlled Trial/Intervention Experiments & Internet, Online Education – Internet-facilitated Laboratory studies • • • – – – – • • Mechanical Turk (tiny.cc/mechanicalturk ) Qualtrics/Rapid authoring tools (cognitivescience.co/qualtrics ) “A/B testing” more widespread Iterative Design & Improvement (Amy Collier, Stanford Office of Online Learning) In vivo motivation experiment on Khan Academy (Williams et al, 2013, MOOCshop) Conducting Randomized Trials over the Internet (Paunesku, Greene, Williams) Bridging Studies (Williams et al, 2012; Williams & Poldsam, 2013) REPEAT Approach to Experimental Research on Online/Blended Resources Identifying a Practical Online Context for your Research Question – – – – Partner with platform *early* in research “Customer Development”: Engaging with Products/Teachers/Districts/Curricula Designers (Blank & Reese, 2010) Examples of Blended Learning Resources & MOOCs Examples of resources that support Randomized Trials – – Interventions extended over time Bridging studies • • Engaging with Practitioners – – How to communicate value of experiments Consulting • • • • – – • Educational companies & publishers (marcy.baughman@pearson.com ) Corporate Training & E-Learning (E-learning guild, Devlearn, Bror Saxberg, Will Thalheimer) Medical Education & Health Behavior (Medbiquitous, International Society for Internet Interventions, cognitivescience.co/behaviorchange) Synthesize literature: PSLC Wiki, www.josephjaywilliams.com/education Grant funding (IES, NSF, Gates, Spencer, moocresearch.com) Virtual collaboration on practical resources (www.learnnetwork.net ) Experiments & … – – – • Go to the source: Empirically test value of instructional prescriptions & professional development (University of Virginia, Computer Supported Collaborative Learning (Rose) Cognitive Tutors (Aleven, Ritter, Koedinger) EDM & AIED (Stamper, Gordon, Pardos) Conducting Experiments (tiny.cc/conductingexperiments)

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