edWeb and Digital Promise Launch “Research and Evidence in Edtech” Community

Digital PromiseedWeb.net and Digital Promise have launched Research and Evidence in Edtech, a free, professional learning community on edWeb. This new community will bring together researchers, educators, and product developers to share best practices related to edtech research and evaluation.

Research and Evidence in Edtech will enable stakeholders to collaborate with peers, share practices and tips, and access a growing professional learning center on topics like conducting thoughtful pilot studies to determine program and product efficacy in varying implementation contexts. Participants will share and communicate results of studies of edtech products to increase the amount of usable information available for decision makers.

This community offers free edWebinars that are a lively, real-time exchange of ideas with experts and colleagues. All edWebinars are recorded for on-demand viewing at any time.

Digital Promise’s first edWebinar in this community, “Leveraging Edtech Data to Inform Instruction and Decision Making,” will take place on Wednesday, November 8, at 5pm Eastern Time. Christina Luke, Ph.D., Project Director of Marketplace Research at Digital Promise; and Steve Tardrew, Vice President of Assessment and Research at Achieve3000, will present on the significance of strong lines of communication between educators, researchers, and developers. Attendees will learn about tools for communicating data needs, capturing relevant information, and sharing feedback with edtech product developers to improve the quality of products in the field. Educators, researchers, and product developers can register on the event page.

“Digital Promise is excited to support this network with edWeb,” commented Karen Cator, President and CEO of Digital Promise. “The community and the upcoming webinar will build on the existing foundation and provide support for conducting pilots and making evidence-based design, development, and implementation decisions.”

Lisa Schmucki, the founder of edWeb, remarked, “Evidence of effectiveness is critical to ensuring that schools are implementing the programs that get the best results. The new ESSA legislation has elevated the importance of research and evidence. We are delighted to provide a platform for Digital Promise to spread the research, frameworks, and tools they’ve developed for all the stakeholders in the product development process.”

Educators, researchers, and product developers are invited to join the free Research and Evidence in Edtech professional learning community on edWeb.net at www.edweb.net/research

About Digital Promise
Digital Promise is a nonprofit organization that builds powerful networks and takes on grand challenges by working at the intersection of researchers, entrepreneurs, and educators. Our vision is that all people, at every stage of their lives, have access to learning experiences that help them acquire the knowledge and skills they need to thrive and continuously learn in an ever-changing world. For more information, visit the Digital Promise website and follow @digitalpromise for updates.