Although students and their families plan for the cost of tuition, fees, housing, and textbooks,
We partner with learning technology organizations, colleges, and universities to develop and scale adoption of next-generation digital courseware that delivers personalized learning at scale, improving the postsecondary success of hundreds of thousands of students. We believe that technology cannot replace the human element in higher education but can enrich it.
With our Next Generation Courseware Challenge, we sought the very best courseware solutions to help low-income students succeed in high-enrollment general education college courses. The seven finalists represent some of the leading innovators creating digital courseware solutions to help students get the best education, and enable colleges and universities to more effectively advance their missions. The finalists will engage in a comprehensive, three-year effort that includes a robust combination of design, development, distribution, adoption, implementation, and delivery of exemplary digital courseware offerings.
From our courseware grantees and research we’ve learned at-risk students can master the same amount of content in half the amount of time when they take high-quality blended courses versus traditional courses. We’ve also seen pass rates for at-risk students increase by 1/3 when they take high-quality blended courses versus traditional courses.
Sources: The Open Learning Initiative: Measuring the Effectiveness of the OLI Statistics Course in Accelerating Student Learning and Lessons from Five Years of Funding Digital Courseware: Postsecondary Success Portfolio Review
Read more about the advances being made in courseware:
- A report by SRI Education (SRI), commissioned by the foundation, provides lessons learned from the foundation’s investments in digital courseware over the last five years.
- The report, Interactive Online Learning on Campus shares findings from Ithaka S+R’s collaboration with the University System of Maryland to test the use of interactive online learning platforms in 17 courses across seven universities.
- Two reports from Education Growth Advisors outline adaptive learning’s potential to address cost, access, and quality, as well as explain adaptive learning as an approach within a broader personalized learning landscape.