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ELI Releases First Seeking Evidence of Impact Case Study

ELI logoThe EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative (ELI) has released its first Seeking Evidence of Impact (SEI) case study for ELI members: Closing in on Vocabulary Acquisition: Testing the Use of iPods and Flashcard Software to Eliminate Performance Gaps. In March through June of 2009, faculty and information technology experts at Carleton College pilot-tested the use of mobile technology as a supplementary tool to classroom learning of French as a second language. Specifically, iPods with digital flashcards, equipped with Mental Class flashcard software, were distributed to students to assist with vocabulary acquisition. Through this initiative, the researchers tested a premise that technological intervention may address the need to help students study vocabulary more effectively and do so in practical, sustainable ways that do not increase workloads for faculty, students, or academic technical support staff.

The Seeking Evidence of Impact (SEI) program is intended to bring the teaching and learning community into a discussion about ways of gathering evidence of the impact of our innovations and current practices. The goal of the SEI Case Studies is to provide examples of successful projects evaluating the impact of innovation, technology, and best practices in teaching and learning

The brief will be available to nonmembers after 90 days. Learn more about ELI membership.