SRI’s Study on Gates Personalized Learning Grants Is Out

Michael Feldstein, Neuropsychiatric Disease and Treatment, Jun 27, 2016
Commentary by Stephen Downes

Short note summarizing the Gates Foundation's SRI study (53 page PDF) on personalized learning grants. First of all, Feldstein writes "this is not a report that screams, 'Wow, adaptive courseware works!'" But secondly, and more interestingly, he writes, "Large-scale educational research is incredibly hard and may actually be impossible to do rigorously for certain kinds of questions." Feldstein explains, "one reason the conclusions are murky is because there so many variables in each class—not just each course subject, not just each course at one university, but even with each section of each class taught by one teacher—that really matter." I've commented on this before.

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