Analysis of Usage

Authors:

Christina Whalen, Shannon Cernich, David Lockhart, Lars Liden, and Manya Vaupel

Publication:

Presented at the International Meeting for Autism Research (IMFAR)

Date:

2009

Research Questions:

  • How long are typical sessions and is usage consistent over time?
  • Are students showing progress on pre and post-tests in the TeachTown: Basics computer program?
  • Does progress seem to continue as students keep using the program?
  • How long does it take students to master lessons?

Participants:

1,100 students in the United States in Canada - the x-axis (horizontal) shows the age of the users and the y-axis (vertical) shows the number of users for that age

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Design:

Qualitative data analysis

Procedure:

Natural usage of the program in homes, schools, and clinics with subscribers who have purchased the program and who have used the program for more than 2 months (users with less than 2 months usage were not included)

Results:

Students usage over time appears to be relatively consistent

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Conclusions:

The TeachTown: Basics program appears to be used for short sessions (about 10-15 minutes) at a time, but, progress appears to be happening across learning domains and in a relatively short period of time (about 4 sessions), and usage seems to be consistent over time across students over a 2 year period. This data shows that the program has some value in a real world setting with little or no support from the TeachTown team.  However, improved trainings and manuals would likely improve implementation and student results.