Measuring Parlay's Impact on Class Discussions

Efficacy Study on Inclusivity

In 2018 the Parlay team worked with a dozen teachers teachers and 250+ students to evaluate how Parlay affected the inclusivity of student participation in class discussions.
Participation Rate Results
In a typical classroom discussion, third-party research indicates that 25% of students actively and willingly participate (Weimer, 2013). During our case study, teacher-collected data suggests that this number is higher: 45%. Parlay’s Live RoundTables saw an average participation rate of 76% — 31% higher than the total number of students who willingly contributed without Parlay. Parlay’s Online RoundTable saw an average participation rate of 88% — 43% higher than the total number of students who contributed without Parlay.

Live RoundTable Engagement Analysis

Over the past year, the Parlay team has been evaluating Live RoundTable data from our Parlay Certified Educators. Specifically, we analyzed the different type of “Tap-In” and it’s relative frequency in a Parlay Live RoundTable.
Tap-In Type Frequency Analysis
35.81% of the time students tap in to introduce a “New Idea” into the conversation. The remaining 64.29% of the time, students tapped in with a question, challenge, or to build on the ideas of others. This data is encouraging because it tells us that in almost 2/3 of all contributions students are actively engaging with the ideas of their classmates. Questioning, extending, and challenging the ideas of others is central to a great discussion, and Parlay’s Live RoundTable helps make that possible.

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