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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 […]

EQUIP Program Trying to Bring Credibility and Accessibility to Education Innovations

Acrobatiq published an original report recently looking at the growing trend of universities and colleges developing coding bootcamps on their own or in partnership with one of the growing list of independent providers of technical training for software programming. What interested us about this subject was that these are vivid examples of higher education institutions […]

Get Your Higher Education Data Here: A Curated List of The Best Postsecondary Research Sources

A tremendous amount of postsecondary education data is available online to education leaders wanting to move to a culture of data-driven innovation and teaching practices — so much, in fact, that it is often difficult to know where to start for university and college administrators, faculty and instructional designers. To make the search for education […]

How Does the Degree Attainment Gap Affect Pell Grant Students?

Since 1973, the Federal Pell Grant program has been making college education possible for millions of first-generation, low-income students. The program has not been without its challenges, however: a large number of Pell students fall into the degree attainment gap, failing to earn a credential. It’s important to note that the degree completion problem is […]

How Faculty And Instructional Designers Can Work Together To Optimize Learning and Improve Learning Outcomes

More institutions of higher education are considering blended or hybrid instructional formats as growing evidence that blended learning significantly outperforms face-to-face classroom instruction. As a result, the need for instructional designers who understand the connection between learning science and designing high-quality online learning experiences is growing by the day. When it comes to design, a […]