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Sep 10, 2017

#82 - On Efficacy and Impact in Edtech

The third part of the ASU GSV Summit Series on The Edtech Podcast. Listen here.

Welcome everyone to this third episode from the ASU GSV Summit series on The Edtech Podcast. This week we hear about efficacy and impact touching upon evidence-based education, why you shouldn't attempt to be a researcher, and why accreditation isn't the answer in the complicated world of education! 

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Sample quotes: 

Rather than saying let’s do it like this because Vgotsky said so in the 1920s, let’s look at what is the alternative 
Very very infrequently is the efficacy and impact judged in advance of major policy decisions
We want to make it more likely that the edtech products that reach our classrooms will have the best impact, not just the best marketing claims 


Bart Epstein - Jefferson Education Accelerator

Tom Bennett - ResearchED

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This episode is brought to you by the Michelson 20MM Foundation. A nonprofit based in Los Angeles, California that supports and invests in leading edge entrepreneurs, technologies, and initiatives with the potential to improve access, affordability, and student success in higher education. In 2016, 20MM launched the Michelson Runway, the world’s first accelerator dedicated to supporting innovations in higher-ed and career training. Both were founded thanks to the generous support of renowned spinal surgeon, Dr. Gary K. Michelson and his wife, Alya. Visit and for more information.

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