While many colleges and universities continue to offer classroom-based lectures, not all students benefit from that one-size-fits-all approach. Low-income students are at high risk of falling behind their peers in high-enrollment general education courses, but with the right tools and opportunities, all students can increase their learning and education momentum.
General education courses serve as a gatekeeper for many postsecondary institutions, posing significant hurdles to low-income and first-generation students.
Large, full lecture halls
Generalized or limited feedback
Impersonal teaching environments
Lack of flexibility for students juggling work and studies
Opportunities for online or hybrid learning options yield high success rates for many students.
WHEN STUDENTS TAKE COURSES THAT ENGAGE DIGITALLY AND IN-PERSON:
Content mastery can occur 2x as quickly
Pass rates for at-risk students can increase by 1⁄3
Degree completion can increase
DIGITAL LEARNING BENEFITS INCLUDE:
Adapting to student capabilities
Promoting active and collaborative learning
Supporting learners with timely feedback and individual support
NEXT GENERATION COURSEWARE CHALLENGE
Fund development, expansion, and evaluation of high-quality, affordable courseware solutions
Connect and assist colleges and universities implementing digital learning solutions to improve undergraduate education
Support communities of practice like the EdSurge Digital Learning Network