The primary goal of the Learning Technology in Applied Settings area is to conduct
real-world tests of learning systems and learning science techniques using in vivo
experimentation (controlled randomized classroom studies). The end goal is to provide
effective methods for learning that can stand up to the stress of real world environments
such as classrooms or e-learning course based environments. As in the cognitive studies
of learning systems area, researchers in this area are experts at conducting randomized
controlled experiments to determine the effectiveness of learning technology systems
but have experience implementing these systems outside the laboratory.
Typical projects considered by this area
- A study consists of an evaluation of learning technology in a classroom or online
learning setting. The evaluation phase measures:
- Effectiveness: What is the extent to which the material was mastered?
- Usability: To what extent is the learner satisfied in terms of overall usability of
- Effectiveness is normally measured by:
- Verbal protocol analysis of the user’s learning process (provides effectiveness and
- Mastery: detailed analysis of pretest and posttest learning measures tailored to the
learning domain being tested.
Examples of Current Systems
|The ADL-CITSRD is located in the FedEx Institute of Technology (FIT) on the campus of the University of Memphis. Researchers associated with the center are faculty, researchers, post-doctoral fellows, and advanced graduate students in the Institute for Intelligent Systems (IIS). The center researchers have extensive experience in research, development, and evaluation of advanced learning environments.