This session will review the results of a year-long research project looking at the role of efficacy research in educational technology decision making in higher education. This study consisted of 47 interviews with 54 EdTech decision makers across six different types of institutions. The study found that institutions frequently pilot solutions to determine if they are a good fit. Institutions tend not to share results of pilots unless requested. Generally, the study found that colleagues talk with one another to get input and feedback. Frequently, these interactions are at conferences or on social media. Little efficacy or robust research is done due to the length of time required and the rapid cycle of technology development. This session will conclude with a proposed process and template that could be a mechanism for institutions to share lessons learned, best practices, and performance data around EdTech solutions that have been piloted on their campus.This study was one of ten working groups sponsored by the University of Virginia looking at ed tech efficacy research across K-20. Results from these ten groups were shared at the Ed Tech Efficacy Symposium, an invite only event held in May 2017 in Washington, DC, USA.
Kristin Palmer, University of Virginia, United States