Education

The combination of digital technology and human interaction has great potential to help students receive instruction that meets their individual needs.

Domain Statement

In the U.S. and around the world, education has long been an essential ingredient for individuals to achieve social and economic well being. Across multiple projects, we are working to improve the process of innovation in educational technology to create digital edtech and improve K-12 education. The lab is collaborating with organizations that provide educational tools using technology, with a particular focus on personalizing the content and experience to the individual student.

Project Abstracts

Read about some of the education research projects the lab is working on.

Designing a Pay-for-Outcomes Initiative

Along with Harvard University’s Center for Educational Policy Research and Laurence Holt, the lab is part of a project in the initial phase of designing a pay-for-outcomes initiative to improve learning for children in K-12. The group has received a planning grant. This initiative will unlock R&D investment on learning outcomes in the U.S. K-12 market such as middle years algebra readiness.

Enhancing Digital Education Technology

17EdTech is an online learning platform offering homework solutions for K-12 students, parents and teachers in China. In partnership with 17EdTech, lab researchers are designing a personalized delivery system of homework questions for users of its mobile app; and are reviewing effective learning products for parents to assist in children’s learning, particularly in low-income regions. Lastly, the team is estimating the impact of gamification on student engagement.

Improving In-App Recommendations and Assessments

Lab researchers are collaborating with Stones2Milestones to design a system that suggests new in-app content items for users based on user and item information. In addition, the lab is identifying methods to improve how users are assessed both on the learning occurring on particular items within the app and across a user’s journey using the app.

Interviews and Thought Leadership

Learn firsthand from some of the educational researchers and practitioners associated with the lab.

Thompson Paine: A Student Is Not a Computer Program

Responding to user needs allowed Quizlet, the free online study tools service, to scale quickly to millions of students around the world.

What Really is ‘Adaptive Learning’?

The answer may vary based on which platform you currently have in mind. The edtech industry is bursting with platforms that attempt to tailor lessons and materials to individual students.

Can Educational Technology Close the 90/10 Achievement Gap?

Amy Klement, Omidyar Network; Peter Bergman, Columbia University; and Tory Patterson, Owl Ventures, on technologies to inclusively improve U.S. student learning outcomes.

Related Research

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