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:
- “Lessons from Five Years of Funding Digital Courseware,” a report by SRI Education (SRI) commissioned by the foundation, presents learnings from the foundation’s courseware investments.
- “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.
- The “Courseware in Context Framework” is a research-based resource to help postsecondary decision-makers navigate the digital courseware market and effectively adopt and implement courseware solutions.
- The Digital Learning Network is an evolving community and collection of resources for digital learning educators and administrators designed to inspire, support and share new approaches to teaching and learning.
- Tyton Partners outlines adaptive learning’s potential to address cost, access, and quality in “Learning to Adapt: A Case for Accelerating Adaptive Learning in Higher Education,” “Learning to Adapt: Understanding the Adaptive Learning Supplier Landscape,” and “Learning to Adapt 2.0: The Evolution of Adaptive Learning in Higher Education.” Also, the three-part series “Time for Class: Lessons for the Future of Digital Courseware in Higher Education” addresses the faculty perspective, the evolution of suppliers, and the path forward.
- Smart Sparrow builds instructional tools and courseware that supports professors instead of replacing them. Founder Dror Ben-Naim discusses starting Smart Sparrow and advances in the field of adaptive learning.