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Personalized Learning Consortium

Accelerating Adoption of Adaptive Courseware

Program Overview

To speed postsecondary educators toward effective use of high-quality adaptive courseware, and ensure that public universities personalize learning for students in ways that promote completion while containing costs, APLU has invested in eight public universities that are transforming their education and business models to improve credentialing productivity, and are executing institution-scale adaptive courseware implementations. The eight participating institutions include:

  • Arizona State University
  • Colorado State University
  • Georgia State University
  • Northern Arizona University
  • Oregon State University
  • Portland State University
  • University of Louisville
  • University of Mississippi

Participating institutions and faculty will choose adaptive technology providers and preferred courseware titles from a list of suppliers meeting the highest quality standards. 

Program Goals

  • Concentration on general education (100- and 200-level) courses for credit
  • Primary delivery in blended learning environments
  • Inclusion of multiple high-enrollment courses and/or high D/F/W courses
  • Disproportional benefit for disadvantaged learners
  • Engagement of multiple disciplines/departments including physical sciences, life sciences, social sciences and the humanities
  • Commitment to faculty development and sustained engagement with serious review of teaching and learning in the general education curriculum and, as part of this effort, scaled deployment of high-quality adaptive courseware from approved suppliers
  • Connection to other institution-wide improvement initiatives with chancellor-level and provost-level leadership and engagement
  • Targeted adaptive courseware use in a minimum of 15-20% general education course enrollments within the three-year program term (Spring 2017-Fall 2019)

APLU’s Personalized Learning Consortium (PLC) is overseeing the grant program which supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

Resources

Approved Adaptive Courseware Suppliers and Products (July 2016)

APLU Press Release

Courseware In Context: A Quality Framework for Digital Learning

Digital Learning Network from EdSurge Higher Ed

PLC Meetings & Events Events

APLU Staff Highlights

 

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A Collaborative Approach to Personalized Learning
Meaghan N. Duff, Ph.D.
Executive Director, Personalized Learning Consortium

Personalized — or adaptive — learning adjusts learning experiences based on an individual student’s progress. To help promote innovative approaches to college and career preparation, USA Funds is supporting the Personalized Learning Consortium’s project. Meaghan Duff, Executive Director of APLU’s PLC shares insight into the benefits of personalized learning  with USA Funds' Senior Program Director Lorenzo Esters.