Every Learner Everywhere

Adaptive Courseware Helps Address Student Success Rates

Achieving the Dream’s work with Every Learner Everywhere (Every Learner) was announced at the ATD DREAM Conference in February. The initiative, which is supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and includes a network of 11 other higher education and digital learning groups, aims to address high failure rates in foundational courses through the provision of scalable, high-quality support to colleges and universities seeking to implement adaptive courseware for foundational courses on their campuses. The mission of Every Learner is to help institutions use new technology to innovate teaching and learning, empower instructors, and improve student outcomes—especially for first-generation college students, low-income students, and students of color.

Achieving the Dream’s work with Every Learner began in earnest during our inaugural Teaching and Learning Summit in June in Minneapolis. The Every Learner Everywhere track provided an opportunity for faculty from colleges participating in the effort to diagnose, prioritize, and discuss key implementation strategies around areas such as software selection, educational development and professional learning for faculty, project management and execution, learning analytics, and research and data collection.

Over the course of 2019, ATD and our partners will be working with institutions to implement adaptive courseware in first-year foundational courses, which have been identified as vital for student retention and success. Every Learner Everywhere is working with a small set of two-year and four-year institutions in three states—Texas, Ohio, and Florida—and will then expand nationwide with plans to reach at least 200 institutions by 2022. 

This initial phase of our work will allow us to further develop and refine high-quality, field-tested resources and training. All seven of the participating community colleges are ATD Network colleges, including 2019 Leah Meyer Austin co-winner Amarillo College (TX) and the two 2019 Aspen Prize winners for Community College Excellence, Indian River College (FL) and Miami Dade College (FL). Other ATD Network colleges in the initiative include Broward College (FL), Cuyahoga Community College (OH), Houston Community College (TX), and Lorain County Community College (OH). Four-year institutions include University of Central Florida, Cleveland State University, University of Texas Rio Grande, and University of Toledo.

Later this fall, Achieving the Dream will share some more details of some of early work that will allow digital learning to scale with the goals of eliminating equity gaps and increasing student success.

Mission

 

Bring together 12 partner organizations to provide a comprehensive, coordinated approach to helping colleges and universities use new technology to innovate teaching and learning.

Focus on improving student outcomes of first-generation college students, low-income students, and students of color

 

What is adaptive courseware?

  • A digital teaching tool with instruction and assessments scoped and sequenced to support an entire course
  • Provides personalized and nonlinear instruction by analyzing students’ responses and pointing them to activities based on their needs
  • Provides instructors with data about each student’s progress and learning so they can modify instruction in response

Benefits for students:

  • Allows students to move through the course material flexibly based on their demonstrated knowledge and skills
  • Can change the content or degree of difficulty to keep students engaged
  • Provides immediate feedback so students can self-assess and continue to progress
  • Allows for more interactive learning experiences than a textbook

Benefits for instructors:

  • Automated assessments and analytics give instructors real-time data on students’ progress and areas of need
  • Instructors can see how students are interacting with the course material (time spent on activities, study habits)
  • Frees up instructors to spend more class time on interactive activities that build on student engagement with content outside of class

Benefits for institutions:

  • Potential to improve student success rates in foundational courses
  • Provides richer student data than is possible with textbooks
  • Potential to reduce the cost of course materials
  • Can help institutions meet their larger goals (e.g., improved affordability, access, retention, equity)

Resources

  • As part of the Every Learner Everywhere (ELE) initiative, ATD partners with a network of 11 higher education and digital learning organizations to advance equity and improve student outcomes at colleges and universities by providing scalable, high-quality supports for effective digital learning solutions. As part of this effort, ATD has been working with 7 ATD network colleges to integrate adaptive courseware in select foundational courses to improve student completion rates. During this series of four webinars, faculty and staff from ATD’s ELE colleges will share their experiences implementing adaptive learning at their colleges. The webinar dates and topics are:

    • Wednesday, September 9: Adopting Adaptive Learning: College Perspectives
    • Wednesday, September 30: Adaptive Learning: Pedagogies and Practices
    • Wednesday, October 21: Adaptive Learning in Math Courses
    • Wednesday, November 18: Adaptive Learning in Science Courses

    This series is recommended for higher education professionals interested in learning more about the promise and the hype of adaptive courseware.  The webinars are sponsored by Achieving the Dream and the Every Learner Everywhere network and are free and open to everyone.


    Adopting Adaptive Learning: College Perspectives

    While there is significant promise (and hype) around using adaptive courseware in the college classroom to improve outcomes for students, the on-the-ground implementation of adaptive courseware can be complex and take time to get right.

    During this webinar, academic administrators from Indian River State College in Florida and Cuyahoga Community College in Ohio will discuss their firsthand experiences implementing adaptive courseware as part of the Every Learner Everywhere (ELE) project. ELE is a network of organizations with expertise--including Achieving the Dream--in evaluating, implementing, scaling, and measuring the efficacy of education technologies, curriculum and course design strategies, teaching practices, and support services that personalize instruction.SLIDES AND RECORDING

    Download the presentation and view the webinar

     

     

    Adaptive Learning: Pedagogies and Practices

    During this webinar attendees will learn how faculty from ATD colleges that participated in the Every Learner Everywhere Initiative integrated adaptive learning into their courses, the ways adaptive learning influenced their classroom practice, and the outcomes the use of adaptive courseware has had on their students.

    There is often the misconception that adaptive courseware is an automated, turnkey solution that requires little customization to be effective. However, the truth is it is the courseware that needs to be adapted: to the subject matter of the course, a faculty member's approach to teaching, the students, and so on. The reality is that integrating adaptive courseware into the classroom takes time to get right. During this webinar, faculty from ATD colleges that participated in the Every Learner Everywhere (ELE) Initiative will discuss their experiences integrating adaptive courseware into their classrooms. ELE is a network of organizations, which includes Achieving the Dream, with expertise in evaluating, implementing, scaling, and measuring the efficacy of education technologies, curriculum and course design strategies, teaching practices, and support services that personalize instruction.In this session, faculty from ELE colleges will discuss how adaptive learning influenced their classroom practice, the outcomes the use of adaptive courseware has had on their students, and the role adaptive learning has played during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

    Download the presentation and view the webinar

     

     

    Adaptive Learning in Math Courses

    Explore how adaptive learning tools and practices can transform math courses to increase student success with educators from ATD colleges that participated in the Every Learner Everywhere initiative.

    Download the presentation and view the recording

     

     

    Adaptive Learning in Science Courses

    Explore how adaptive learning tools and practices can transform science courses to increase student success with educators from ATD colleges that participated in the Every Learner Everywhere initiative.

    The quality, availability, and effectiveness of adaptive courseware varies depending on the subject matter of the course. While there are common implementation challenges shared across disciplines, integrating adaptive learning into the curriculum of an English course, for example, often requires a different approach than for a Biology or History course. The final webinar in our Adaptive Learning series continues our exploration of the experiences community college faculty from specific disciplines have had integrating adaptive courseware into their classroom curricula.

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  • This resource is a guide for Course Instructors to center racial and socioeconomic equity and student voice in the adoption and implementation of adaptive courseware. After years of implementing adaptive courseware at various levels of scale in gateway general education courses, Course Instructors and institutions have several lessons to share with those at the beginning of the implementation process. This extensive resource will provide you with practical strategies and resources to implement adaptive courseware with an equity-minded and student-centered approach.

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