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  1. Laura Gekeler
    April 7, 2014

    Thank you, Michael. Very helpful.

  2. theundergradneglectblogEric Gates
    April 10, 2014

    I always enjoy your posts. I do wish that you would do a write-up on a tool that was “born digital,” since these can do so much more than Pearson MyLab products, which are really based on a traditional textbook model. , Just a small nit, but there is something of a collective failure of the imagination when we take a book and use it (and outmoded “database innovation” ) as a Gold standard model of what is possible. NCAT has many examples, and there’s just a lot going on elsewhere too..

  3. Michael Feldstein
    April 11, 2014

    Thanks for your kind words, Eric. I’m not holding up MyLabs as a “gold standard.” I had access to a teacher and outcomes data fall into my lap, so I wrote about it. And in any case, I was less interested in writing about MyLabs itself than I was in the teaching practices that it supported. But for the record, I have no particular reason to believe that born-digital products will be more effective than ones that are not. I understand why born-digital is an important characteristic for publishers–a lot of it frankly has to do with production complexity and cost–but I have yet to see evidence that it is a characteristic that generally correlates with educational effectiveness.

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