Beyond Access: Using Adaptive Courseware to Improve Success in Foundation Classrooms

Saturday November 10

Gretna

Public universities generally embrace the mission of access and furthermore have worked hard to bring in a diverse student population. The data show that too many of those admitted who are low-income, minority and first generation completing at lower rates than students from affluent backgrounds. Many public universities have begun to set goals around equitable success and completion. Many of these public universities have tried non-academic interventions to break the pattern but for the most part changing what happens in the classroom happens one pilot at a time. Julie Greenwood as part of the APLU Accelerating Adaptive Courseware grant will share the early data and plans from projects that integrate digital learning specifically adaptive courseware into first year and high impact courses. The data shows promise that more students of diverse backgrounds can succeed in those gateway courses. Three universities—Indiana University at Purdue University, Indianapolis, University of North Carolina, Charlotte, and Oregon State University -- will share the early data and plans from projects that integrate digital learning specifically adaptive courseware into first year and high impact courses. The data shows promise that more students of diverse backgrounds can succeed in those gateway courses. The digital learning tools provide students with practice, remedial resources when needed, and data about their own learning mastery. The digital learning seems to be very helpful to faculty by providing them data about students in real-time. Faculty are leveraging the data to change what they do in the classroom. Faculty are key to student success and digital learning gives them access to data that helps them reach out to students through active learning and personalized outreach. While adaptive courseware is still an early stage software, these universities are realizing enough success so that they are moving beyond pilots to scale. Audience members are encouraged to ask questions of panelists during an extended Question and Answer time. Panelists: Dr. Kathy Johnson, Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost, IUPUI Dr. Joan Lorden, Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, UNC Charlotte Dr. Julie Greenwood, Associate Provost, Transformative Learning, Oregon State University Moderator: Dr. Stacey VanderHeiden Guney, Director of Digital Learning Solutions Network