Sunday, June 27, 2010

PL 30/10: How to gather evidence

Filed under: statistics — plinius @ 2:10 pm

This blog post is a continuation of PL 34/10: Evidence 2.0

Lars Egeland – director of the OUC Learning Centre –  is gathering very important evidence about his shoes …

Here I am using two of my own projects –  Count The Traffic (CTT) and GLOSSA – to illustrate evidence-based practice in teaching and librarianship.  Both projects aim to promote change by gathering new empirical evidence on user behavior.

The projects are presented very concretely – through the many different documents and activities they generate and relate to.

The case of CTT

The blog post

The protocol

The academic paper

The conference presentation

The teaching video

The home page

The home page in Norwegian

Smaller case studies

Academic libraries

Public libraries

Big case study

  • Students in action
    • By Ana Maria Arango, Clara Escobar, András Molnár
    • OUC Learning Centre

The popular article

The translation of the popular article

The popular lecture

The translation of the popular lecture


The case of SLA

The development project

The blog

The course materials

The first training event

The translations of the course materials

  • Spanish
  • Chinese
  • Russian

The Manifesto

The translations of the Manifesto

  • Spanish
  • Chinese
  • ….

The global initiative

Evidence based teaching

The Gates Foundation


The microcosm mirrors the macrocosm.

  • A project that aims to change the world
  • has to engage with the world –
  • in a multitude of ways –
  • even in such a tiny field as library statistics

Don’t expect peace and quiet. As a watchful participant, I can report that conflict and collaboration, feelings and interests, politics and power, runs through this little corner of the world as well.



Because we do not believe there is one single measure that can capture the range of skills which teachers need—the art and science of teaching—we are testing many different tools for their association with growth in student achievement.

Nearly three thousand teachers in seven school districts are participating in the MET project. The project is currently wrapping up the first year of data collection and preparing for the second and final year. So far, the project has collected over 13,000 hours of digital video of classroom instruction, student feedback, and assessments for nearly 100,000 students. We will be reporting the initial results of the project this fall. Ultimately, we hope to provide new tools for those states and school districts that are looking to reinvent their approach to teacher evaluation.

Working With Teachers to Develop Fair and Reliable Measures of Effective Teaching


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