Implementing New Learning Technology? Choose the Right Pilot Group

Karl Kapp, Kapp Notes, May 22, 2009
Commentary by Stephen Downes

Pilot tests are still popular among educational designers, as this article attests. But it is worth pointing out, I would say, that (small) pilot groups will misrepresent network effects. Often, something that works well with a lot of people will work really badly with a small group. Online discussions, games and simulations are among these. Often, the only test you can run is with a full audience, and not a pilot group at all.
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