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

  • Integrating Adaptive Courseware as Part of a Comprehensive Redesign of a Gateway Math Course

    Achieving the Dream (ATD) is one of 12 higher education and digital learning organizations that make up the Every Learner Everywhere (Every Learner) Network, whose mission is to help higher education institutions improve and ensure more equitable student outcomes through advances in digital learning, particularly among poverty-impacted, racially minoritized, and first-generation students.

    Every Learner partners are addressing high failure rates in foundational courses through the provision of scalable, high-quality support to colleges and universities seeking to implement adaptive courseware on their campuses. As part of its ongoing effort to help community colleges develop effective teaching and learning practices, ATD is working with seven community colleges in Florida, Ohio, and Texas on this initiative, providing coaching and direct support to the colleges, fostering collaboration within and among the participating institutions, and serving as a liaison to the Every Learner network.

    This case study of Miami Dade College is part of a series of studies conducted by ATD examining how adaptive courseware is being implemented at those institutions, as well as how courseware is used in particular disciplines to better serve students. Case studies are based on interviews with college leaders, faculty, instructional designers, developers, technology specialists, and students who were enrolled in classes using the courseware.

    Download the case study (PDF)Math faculty at Miami Dade College integrated adaptive courseware into an intentional redesign of a gateway college algebra course as part of a broader rethinking of learning objectives, syllabi, daily lecture notes, and homework with the goal of ensuring a focus on core competencies and providing greater consistency and support for students. Student work in the courseware was balanced between developing prerequisite skills and completing college-level course objectives and was supported with one-on-one tutoring and a lab course. Efforts to scale the course redesign were strengthened by support for adjunct faculty members and a platform-neutral approach that simplified adoption across multiple campuses using different learning management systems and courseware.

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  • Integrating Adaptive Courseware into Broader Efforts to Improve Teaching and Learning

    Achieving the Dream (ATD) is one of 12 higher education and digital learning organizations that make up the Every Learner Everywhere (Every Learner) Network, whose mission is to help higher education institutions improve and ensure more equitable student outcomes through advances in digital learning, particularly among poverty-impacted, racially minoritized, and first-generation students.

    Every Learner partners are addressing high failure rates in foundational courses through the provision of scalable, high-quality support to colleges and universities seeking to implement adaptive courseware on their campuses. As part of its ongoing effort to help community colleges develop effective teaching and learning practices, ATD is working with seven community colleges in Florida, Ohio, and Texas on this initiative, providing coaching and direct support to the colleges, fostering collaboration within and among the participating institutions, and serving as a liaison to the Every Learner network.

    This case study of Indian River State College is part of a series of studies conducted by ATD examining how adaptive courseware is being implemented at those institutions, as well as how courseware is used in particular disciplines to better serve students. Case studies are based on interviews with college leaders, faculty, instructional designers, developers, technology specialists, and students who were enrolled in classes using the courseware.

    Download the case study (PDF)Indian River State College considered adaptive courseware a potentially powerful tool in its ongoing efforts to improve online instruction and overall engagement and outcomes for students in math, physical sciences, and English. Tapping into existing efforts to improve student outcomes at the college, faculty led adaptive courseware implementation in these three disciplines, reporting potentially significant improvements in engagement and student performance. To provide additional supports to students, peer tutoring and other supports were coordinated with the use of adaptive courseware, including providing courseware shells and training for tutors. The work also supported broader efforts to address state reforms in developmental education and a shift to a flipped classroom model, providing students with corequisite practice and preparation in advance of in-class instruction and support.

  • Supporting Greater Integration of Adaptive Courseware in Gateway Courses

    Achieving the Dream (ATD) is one of 12 higher education and digital learning organizations that make up the Every Learner Everywhere Network (Every Learner), whose mission is to help higher education institutions improve and ensure more equitable student outcomes through advances in digital learning, particularly among poverty-impacted, racially minoritized, and first-generation students.

    Every Learner partners are addressing high failure rates in foundational courses through the provision of scalable, high-quality support to colleges and universities seeking to implement adaptive courseware on their campuses. As part of its ongoing effort to help community colleges develop effective teaching and learning practices, ATD is working with seven community colleges in Florida, Ohio, and Texas on this initiative, providing coaching and direct support to the colleges, fostering collaboration within and among the participating institutions, and serving as a liaison to the Every Learner network.

    This case study of Broward College is part of a series of studies conducted by ATD examining how adaptive courseware is being implemented at those institutions, as well as how courseware is used in particular disciplines to better serve students. Case studies are based on interviews with college leaders, faculty, instructional designers, developers, technology specialists, and students who were enrolled in classes using the courseware.

    Download the case study (PDF)Faculty at Broward College led efforts to implement and integrate adaptive courseware in introductory course design and activities more fully. The institution developed structured supports including the Center for Teaching Excellence and Learning, which provided professional development and curriculum expertise. Students were supported by tutors in the college’s Academic Success Centers who were familiar with the adaptive courseware and often used it to work with students. The college is now moving to integrate this technology into broader efforts to improve gateway instruction.

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  • Engaging Students with Adaptive Courseware in Gateway Math Courses

    Gateway math courses have traditionally had some of the highest failure and withdrawal rates at community colleges, prompting various reform efforts to help more students succeed in these foundational courses. A new case study examines the efforts of seven ATD network colleges participating in the Every Learner Everywhere initiative to implement adaptive courseware into gateway math courses to address the diversity of needs students bring to these courses. The study suggests that adaptive courseware provided needed corequisite and/or basic skills support and valuable guided practice outside of the classroom setting.

    Download the case study (PDF)

  • A Faculty-Centered Approach to Successfully Impementing Adaptive Courseware

    Achieving the Dream (ATD) is one of 12 higher education and digital learning organizations that make up the Every Learner Everywhere (Every Learner) Network, whose mission is to help higher education institutions improve and ensure more equitable student outcomes through advances in digital learning, particularly among poverty-impacted, racially minoritized, and first-generation students.

    Every Learner partners are addressing high failure rates in foundational courses through the provision of scalable, high-quality support to colleges and universities seeking to implement adaptive courseware on their campuses. As part of its ongoing effort to help community colleges develop effective teaching and learning practices, ATD is working with seven community colleges in Florida, Ohio, and Texas on this initiative, providing coaching and direct support to the colleges, fostering collaboration within and among the participating institutions, and serving as a liaison to the Every Learner network.

    The following Cuyahoga Community College case study is part of a series of studies conducted by ATD examining how adaptive courseware is implemented at those institutions as well as how courseware is used in particular disciplines to better serve students. Case studies are based on a series of interviews with college leaders, faculty, instructional designers, developers, technology specialists and students who were enrolled in classes using the courseware.

    Download the case study (PDF)Faculty at Cuyahoga Community College led efforts to implement and then scale adaptive courseware for gateway courses in more than a half-dozen disciplines. The institution supported faculty efforts by creating a collaborative learning community and providing other supporting resources, and faculty continue to take the lead in scaling adaptive courseware within their disciplines.

  • STATISTICAL SIGNIFICANCE: Implementing Adaptive Courseware in Gateway Math and Business Courses

    Achieving the Dream (ATD) is one of 12 higher education and digital learning organizations that make up the Every Learner Everywhere (Every Learner) Network, whose mission is to help higher education institutions improve and ensure more equitable student outcomes through advances in digital learning, particularly among poverty-impacted, racially minoritized, and first-generation students.

    Every Learner partners are addressing high failure rates in foundational courses through the provision of scalable, high-quality support to colleges and universities seeking to implement adaptive courseware on their campuses. As part of its ongoing effort to help community colleges develop effective teaching and learning practices, ATD is working with seven community colleges in Florida, Ohio, and Texas on this initiative, providing coaching and direct support to the colleges, fostering collaboration within and among the participating institutions, and serving as a liaison to the Every Learner network.

    The following Lorain County Community College case study is part of a series of studies conducted by ATD examining how adaptive courseware is implemented at those institutions as well as how courseware is used in particular disciplines to better serve students. Case studies are based on a series of interviews with college leaders, faculty, instructional designers, developers, technology specialists and students who were enrolled in classes using the courseware.

    Download the case study (PDF)Faculty in several disciplines at Lorain County Community College explored the use of adaptive courseware, ultimately implementing it in a gateway statistics course and several business courses.

  • This playbook contains resources that can be used by individual instructors to support putting student care into action or by institutions seeking guidance for incorporating caring for students into their campus strategy and instructional development programming. While the impetus for this playbook was the COVID-19 pandemic, the information and resources provided represent high standards of student support regardless of the environment. 

    In this playbook you will find detailed recommendations broken out into six sections. Each of these Six Recommendations for Caring for Students provides concrete strategies and resources to support instructors in operationalizing equity-focused, inclusive teaching strategies that put student care into practice by acknowledging student challenges while identifying student assets.

    Before exploring the Six Recommendations for Caring for Students, we recommend that you explore our companion resource on Getting Started with Key Terms and Challenges. An excellent tool for educators of all experience levels, the document provides an overview of key terms (i.e., diversity, equity, and inclusion), challenges (i.e., academic, financial, and socio-emotional), and approaches (i.e., culturally responsive teaching, trauma-informed teaching, and universal design for learning, or UDL) that are integral to caring for students.

  • 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.

    Download the presentation and view the recording

     

     

     

     

     

  • 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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