Through nearly a decade of field-based work, APLU’s Office of Digital Transformation for Student Success focus on achieving improved equitable student success, intentional use of educational technology and evidence-based teaching practices should be expanded across an institution. This process involves cross-collaboration across departments that we can facilitate and support.
We have extensive experience in supporting the scaling of educational technology in academic spaces, specifically adaptive and other digital courseware.
Why Adaptive Courseware?
A great challenge confronting university educators, especially instructors teaching 100- and 200-level general education courses, lies in understanding what individual students already know and what they need to learning, then modifying instruction to meet those diverse needs effectively and efficiently while achieving the stated learning outcomes. Post-pandemic learner variability has only widened. Adaptive courseware collects student data through assessment, analyzes that data and uses it to offer personalized learning paths to each student and recommendations to instructors which students need academic help sooner.
By integrating adaptive courseware, instructors are able to collect, access and utilize the data they need to deliver quality learning experiences to individual students at scale. The combination of personalized student practice, more data sooner for faculty, provide a better foundation for faculty to maximize impact of all the other teaching interventions used during a course.
To be effective, adaptive courseware must include dynamic, culturally relevant, and meaningful embedded assessment to scaffold and grow learner mastery of content in course- and program- specific contexts. Equally crucial is the role that instructors and pedagogical experts play in the design of instructional and assessment strategies for comprehensive learning environments. The availability of adaptive courseware products that are usable, affordable, equity-centered and effective to instructors equipped to adopt new products and course strategies has the potential to improve outcomes for hundreds of thousands of postsecondary students.
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