Tablet Device

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.

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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:


Low-Income Students Need More Than Just a College Degree, Report Says

August 8, 2016

Getting low-income students into and through college isn’t enough to position them well for success
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What You Need to Know About FAFSA Changes

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Two Reports Show Untapped Potential of Competency-Based Education

August 1, 2016

More than 500 colleges and universities are offering competency-based education (CBE) programs, which measure students’
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Collaboration, Not Competition

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Interstate Passport Gives College Students the Means to Navigate Transfer Requirements

Within a state, there may be clarity about transfer requirements and what classes and credits
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Consumers get more information about college

July 28, 2016

Even as a higher education becomes among the biggest investments Americans make, the information available
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Emergency Aid Keeps Students on Path to Graduation

July 6, 2016

Although students and their families plan for the cost of tuition, fees, housing, and textbooks,
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The Typical College Student Is Not Who You Think It Is

July 5, 2016

Who are today’s college students? The answer surprises most people who attended four year universities.
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‘Passport’ for Transfer

Professors and academic leaders from seven western states have rolled out an “interstate passport” to
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