Into the Rift: A summative brief

December 21st, 2015 | EVALUATION

This summative report evaluates the accessibility and efficacy of a project website as a tool for teaching ecosystem science. Edu ran a qualitative study with twelve participants in order to determine the overall usability and learnability of – an online textbook offering a virtual field trip to Lake Tanganyika in East Africa. The goal of the study – identify usability issues and also what currently works well. A learnability study focused on learners’ increase in awareness of ecosystem concepts and research scientists working in Lake Tanganyika. An efficacy study evaluated learners’ engagement with the online virtual field trip.



Team Members

Douglas Spencer, Evaluator, Edu, Inc
Sasha Minsky, Evaluator, Edu, Inc
Jediah Graham, Evaluator, Edu, Inc


Funding Source: NSF
Funding Program: AISL
Award Number: 1209914

Related URLs

Into the Rift


Audience: Adults | Evaluators | Middle School Children (11-13) | Museum | ISE Professionals | Youth | Teen (up to 17)
Discipline: Ecology | forestry | agriculture
Resource Type: Evaluation Reports | Summative
Environment Type: Media and Technology | Websites | Mobile Apps | Online Media