Formative Evaluations

Formative evaluations are studies that help to "form" the design for a product, service, or intervention. Formative evaluations involve evaluating the product, service, or intervention while they are being developed, with the goal of detecting and eliminating usability problems and providing early information about impacts on users.

  • Ruff Ruffman's Monumental Mini-Golf 3D Immersive World Report (WestEd, 2013)

    This study explores the educational affordances of PBS KIDS’s Ruff Ruffman’s Monumental Mini-Golf, a collaborative 3D digital game, and documents patterns of student collaboration and learning in different gameplay conditions.

  • Alpha Testing of PBS KIDS Transmedia Suites (WestEd, 2012)

    This qualitative study examines the educational potential of the alpha versions of 24 games in eight PBS KIDS transmedia suites.

  • Evaluation of BU’s Teaching Tips for Using PBS KIDS Transmedia in Kindergarten Class (WestEd, 2012)

    This study explores the effectiveness of three of Boston University’s Teaching Tips modules in increasing teachers’ use of technology and PBS KIDS digital content and in improving student engagement.

  • Augmented Reality Exploratory Study to Support the Development of PBS KIDS AR Games (WestEd, 2012)

    This mixed-method study explores the potential of two augmented reality games for enhancing early elementary children’s basic arithmetic skills and provides insight into how augmented reality might be incorporated into early elementary classroom instruction.