As part of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Next Generation Courseware Challenge, we’re looking to partner with institutions  that are interested in piloting adaptive learning courseware and providing implementation feedback.

icon_small_bill_melinda_gates_foundation_logoAs part of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Next Generation Courseware Challenge, Acrobatiq has been awarded a Grant to produce adaptive courseware. The goal of this initiative is to leverage the best of what is known about the learning sciences, education research, and technology-enabled learning to create next generation digital courseware that helps target and tailor learning for students based on their existing knowledge and learning gaps so they can successfully complete required general education “gateway” undergraduate courses.

Participating institutions will receive the following services:

  • Planning call with selected faculty and administrators to define goals and outcomes for the courseware pilot implementation.
  • Live and web-based training for faculty, instructional design teams, centers for teaching and learning and/or other individuals on campus who will play a role in successful implementation.
  • Courseware hosting and single-sign in implementation with an institutional LMS such as Blackboard,  Moodle or Canvas.
  • Technical and customer support to both faculty and students for the duration of the pilot to ensure teaching and learning goals are successfully met.
  • Post-pilot analysis for key stakeholders with suggested strategies for how to organize instruction and student support services around data-driven adaptive courseware.
  • Participating students will receive a discount on the cost of the courseware in 2017.  Students will also have access to the courseware for up to five years after the pilot program ends.

Benefits of Participating as a Courseware Challenge Pilot Site

In addition to providing valuable implementation feedback, participating as a courseware pilot site enables low-risk and easy instructional and pedagogical evaluation of Acrobatiq courseware and learning data to inform strategic planning decisions related to:

  • Developing or enhancing online courses or programs using adaptive, data–driven courseware
  • Improving course completions by integrating technology-enhanced learning resources
  • Improving course retention rates by personalizing student learning experiences
  • Generating predictive learning data to more cost effectively apply student wrap-around services such as tutoring and course mentoring
  • Improving student-learning outcomes through evidence-based adaptive learning features
  • Launching new competency-based degree programs

Acrobatiq will work closely with faculty and administrative leaders to customize a pilot program that will generate meaningful data to aid in decision-making. Pilot programs can consist of one or more sections of a course and typically include benchmarks to measure pre and post-courseware impact on cognitive (e.g. ability to solve problems and apply concepts) and affective (e.g. attitude toward math, self-efficacy) learning outcomes.

Near the end of the term, Acrobatiq will conduct a short course evaluation comparing student learning outcomes for students using Acrobatiq courseware and students using other learning resources across sections of the same course.

Supported Courseware:

Anatomy & Physiology
Introduction to Biology
Introduction to Psychology
IT Fundamentals
Statistics (Probability & Statistics / Statistical Reasoning)
Survey of World History

For more information on piloting Acrobatiq courseware, contact us by completing the form.