Project #1093

Funding Agency
  • National Science Foundation
  • Transformng Undergraduate Education (TUES)
Services provided
  • Summative Evaluation
Methods
  • Concept Analysis
  • Document Review
  • Interviews
  • Survey

ConservationBridge.org

ConservationBridge.org connects students to conservation projects and practitioners around the world through online video case studies. Cornell faculty wanted to know “is it effective?” Edu helped Cornell to understand and measure changes in student learning, motivation, and confidence.

The Challenge

Cornell educators wanted to know whether using online video case studies improved learning. Faculty also needed a way to understand the impact of connecting students with field practitioners. Their ultimate goal was to demonstrate the benefits of teaching through Conservation Bridge to funding agencies.

The Solution

Cornell partnered with Edu to measure, evaluate and understand the extent to which ConservationBridge.org promoted student learning. First, the team defined the intended learning outcomes for students using the site in two undergraduate courses at Cornell. Then, using interviews, surveys, course evaluations and statistics, Edu helped Cornell faculty to understand the efficacy of online video case studies as an instructional method.

The result? Edu’s study determined that the ConservationBridge.org platform improved student understanding of key concepts and increased student engagement. Students reported being more motivated by real-world case studies than traditional textbooks and journal articles.

The study showed that managing the relationship between students and professionals required more time than originally thought. Thus, budgeting time and resources for management became a major on-going component of the project. In the end, Edu’s summative report provided evidence that led to a proposal for Phase II funding from the National Science Foundation and supported several peer-reviewed publications.