68% of Statistics Are Meaningless, D2L Edition

Michael Feldstein, Neuropsychiatric Disease and Treatment, Jun 29, 2015
Commentary by Stephen Downes

Michael Feldstein takes D2L to task for what he argues are misleading statistics being offered by the LMS company. "The highlights of the analytics announcements... were incredibly disappointing in almost every way possible, and good examples of a really bad pattern of hype and misdirection that we’ve been seeing from D2L lately," he writes. He cites a couple of posts from Phil Hill in particular, "Phil recently caught John Baker using…questionable retention statistics in a speech he gave. In that case, the problem wasn’t that the statistic itself was meaningless but rather that there was no reason to believe that D2L had anything to do with the improvement in the case being cited. And then there’s the slight-of-hand that Phil just called out regarding their LeaP marketing."

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