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Uses
o Every educational innovation is an experiment in some sense of the word; you change something about the students' experience, predicting that better learning will take place.

o A controlled experiment is a way of teasing out the details of just which aspects of your innovation are influencing the outcomes you are considering and bringing about the changes you observe. The experimental method is a way of thinking about the evaluation process such that all the possible sources of influence are kept in mind.

Resource Guide (info)
o Preparation time: moderate to low
o Student time: low
o Time to administer: low
o Time for analysis: moderate
o Additional resources: none

Author
versions for printing are available Hamish Macleod
University of Edinburgh.

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