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Compelling Ideas in Active Learning: A Roundup of the Top Research

Over the past two decades, numerous studies have explored the effectiveness of active learning in the college classroom. Active learning uses activities and instruction designed to enhance conceptual cognition; students become enthusiastic participants in their own education. They — not the instructor — control their own learning. More than just a buzzword in education circles, […]

Practical Steps to Bring More Active Learning Into Your Classroom

Integrating active learning techniques into the college classroom doesn’t require a complete redesign of the course curriculum. Quite the opposite. In most cases, it simply means structuring the material so students actively participate in the class through interactive and collaborative exercises — exercises that stimulate higher-level thinking. The role of the instructor, meanwhile, becomes that […]

How Courseware Can Turn Online Classes Into Active Learning Environments

When a college course is designed using principles of active learning, students seize control of their own educational experience. Active learning requires students to not just absorb knowledge through lectures and readings, but also analyze and interact critically with new information. They take knowledge a step deeper by making connections between concepts, often integrating what […]

Activate Learning Through Learning Design – Here’s How

Active learning places the student at the center of the instructional process. Instead of students merely hearing information, memorizing it, and then repeating facts on a test, they scrutinize the learning material through analytical writing, posing and answering questions, group discussions, and problem-solving exercises. Active learning triggers critical thinking skills and demands students be invested […]

How Personalized Learning Can Help Educators Tackle Hard Teaching and Learning Challenges

Today’s college campuses are increasingly populated by students older and more diverse than the traditional student body. As we summarized in The Changing Face of Today’s Student: More Diverse, Older and Requiring More Personalized Learning, these diverse student demographics are on track to continue into the next decade. If they are to succeed, these students require […]

The Changing Face of Today’s Student: More Diverse, Older and Requiring More Personalized Learning

A scan of several studies and surveys reveals a clear picture of how higher education enrollment will change in the coming years. The student body will be more ethnically diverse, more female and less likely to comprise 18-year-olds fresh out of high school. Those demographic trends are on track to continue into the next decade, […]

How Connecting Student Services to Online Learning Can Close the Attainment Gap

When students are the first in their family to go to college, they — like all incoming students —  have great hopes. The unfortunate reality, however, is that first-generation students often don’t graduate. A longitudinal study by the Pell Institute showed that just 11 percent of low-income, first-generation students are likely to attain a bachelor’s degree […]

The Role of Instructional Design in Closing the Achievement Gap

All students start college with high hopes and ambitions for successfully attaining a degree, but reality sets in quickly once students are actually on campus — getting to graduation is difficult. According to the National Center for Education Statistics, just 60 percent of college students complete their degree. Attaining a degree becomes even more difficult […]

Online Course Design: A Roundup of Tips, Strategies, and Best Practices

Simply delivering a traditional course via the internet is not enough for today’s students. Online learning needs to actively engage students if higher education leaders are going to expand access, improve learning outcomes, and close the degree attainment gap. The Online Learning Initiative (OLI) at Carnegie Mellon University was founded to tackle exactly that question: […]

How Personalized Learning Can Help Close the Attainment Gap

Significant effort toward closing the degree attainment gap has focused on creating defined pathways for students, as well as degree-planning and advising programs. For example, the iPASS (Integrated Planning and Advising for Student Success) initiative of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is funding 26 pilot projects in critical functions that impact student success, such […]

Designed for Diversity: Lessons in Instructional Design at Rio Salado

Rio Salado College in Tempe, Arizona, serves more than 54,000 students from a broad spectrum of backgrounds. While many of Rio’s students are full-time college students working toward a two- or four-year degree, many other groups of students are only enrolled in individual classes: learners in workforce training programs, high school students, active-duty military, lifelong […]

Four Lessons on Adaptive Learning From the Frontline: How One Professor Is Improving Student Outcomes

In a recent case study, Dr. Erik Moody, an assistant professor of psychology at Marist College, explains how he incorporates adaptive learning into his classes to improve student outcomes. In the last three years, Moody has tested and adjusted different uses of the Acrobatiq platform in his Introduction to Psychology course to help his students […]