The Power of Research in Designing and Delivering EdTech that Matters

The Power of Research in Designing and Delivering EdTech that Matters

Cell-Ed was pleased to be honored by Digital Promise and Teacher’s College at Columbia University for its use of evaluation research, which underpins Cell-Ed’s essential skills training programs. Our randomized control trial (2011-2013) showed that a convenient, engaging and personalized approach to mobile learning makes the difference in the lives of Cell-Ed learners.

The results were extremely encouraging:

• 75% of learners stayed with the program Compared to 20-50% in traditional adult literacy programs
• Learning took place around the clock
• Measurable positive effects. In the test cases, the Cell-Ed group moved from a 6.3 age equivalency of basic reading skills on the Batería III Woodcock-Muñoz to a 8.3 age equivalency while the control changed nominally, 6.0 to 6.1 age equivalency (see appendix for descriptions).
• On a qualitative level, post evaluation interviews of participants suggest that by learning through Cell-Ed students felt confident enough to put their literacy to work by reading street signs, advertisements, and simple sentences. In addition, the convenience of the program made a difference and that they learned digital literacy as well as noted in interviews:

“I am now determined to learn…I feel the confidence to read the signs around me and to even stand up to read in front of my church group. All of these things seemed impossible, but now I know I can. “

“What was attractive about Cell-ED was that it was all over a cell phone. I don’t have a stable job and much less a stable schedule…I’ve always wanted to sign-up to go to school. I wanted to learn. I can with this program.”

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