Pearson and the Kentucky Department of Education have established a user research study for Schoolnet in which Kentucky educators may test new Schoolnet releases in advance of deploying the software statewide to all users.

Teachers will be asked to run through Schoolnet products using a script and to tell whether Schoolnet works as expected and what they think of it. Pearson wants to better understand how teachers use the product and what can be done to make it better fit teachers’ needs.

The work must be done outside of regular working hours and will require about two hours five times throughout the year. Participants will be paid $50 an hour based on completion of the required testing and submission of results, and they can and should use district-provided technology, such as computers or tablets, to complete the required testing.

The study is open to 20 participants. Five alternates will also be selected and would join the study if anyone leaves. Selection of participants will be based on the following criteria:

  • Role: Teachers, principals and district administrators should participate in the study.
  • Platform: A broad representation of PCs, Macs and tablets with various operating systems and browsers should be tested.
  • Geography: All regions of Kentucky should be represented.
  • District size: Districts of all sizes should be represented.

Participation is subject to local policies on outside employment and any locally adopted codes of ethics for employees.  KDE employees, spouses and relatives of KDE employees are not eligible to participate.

To be considered for the research study, complete this survey by Dec. 1.