What's New at San Diego Zoo Global Academy
Efficacy Testing Underway
San Diego Zoo Global Academy has recently implemented efficacy testing of its new, online, collaborative learning environment, developed in conjunction with Cypherworx. The Academy asked five zoological institutions (Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo, Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium, Smithsonian’s National Zoo, San Diego Zoo, and San Diego Zoo Safari Park) for their assistance. Each of four animal-care classes began with a 30 question pre-instruction test. After participants completed a course, the same test was given again, and the results were recorded to determine what knowledge had been gained. Ninety days after that, the test will once again be presented to determine what information participants retained—this last phase will take place at the end of April. Initial results are very encouraging. Professor of Educational Technology Dr. James Marshall, of San Diego State University, will be analyzing and interpreting all the data, and the results will be shared at the AZA national conference in September 2013.