The project consists of three research teams, each investigating different features of Algebra Nation. The first team, based from the University of Colorado-Boulder, analyzes overall student engagement within the platform. Another team, based out of UF’s College of Education, will enhance the practice test section by creating a complex algorithm that will deliver questions based on the student’s overall mastery of the concept.
The third team, led by Dr. George Michailidis, director of the UF Informatics Institute, has analyzed data from more than 80,000 students across the state. Their research has found that in the 2015-2016 school year, students who utilized Algebra Nation more than five times throughout the year received significantly higher scores on the EOC exam than non-users who were matched on factors such as prior achievement, demographics, district characteristics and teacher years of experience.
“The results show that using Algebra Nation is actually effective, whether it’s used by students who are struggling or students who are doing well already,” said Sahba Akhavan, an advanced graduate research assistant at the Informatics Institute.
Although the Informatics team has concluded their first round of research, they are continuing to use the data to find ways to improve Algebra Nation.