Improving Student Learning and Retention With an Adaptive eLearning Platform

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COIL is proud to have supported the Improving Student Learning and Retention With an Adaptave eLearning Platform project through our Research Initiation Grant Program.

Abstract:

Asynchronous distance learning can put students at a disadvantage when the material is complex and/or presented in a narrow scope, limiting their ability to comprehend and internalize it while also being removed from a face-to-face environment. Numerous startup companies have spent years developing adaptive learning technologies, giving educators the ability to build adaptive, personalized learning paths into a curriculum without requiring substantial programming knowledge, or creating a learning platform from scratch. It is the aim of this proposal to develop one lesson of a 100-level Economics course and one lesson of a 100-level course in Information Science and Technology using two available adaptive learning platforms: Smart Sparrow and Knewton. The goal is to determine, through this trial, the best use of adaptive learning technology in Penn State’s on-line teaching environment. By utilizing an adaptive learning platform, Penn State will have the ability to offer multiple perspectives and methods for students to understand and retain complex material which will give them a greater chance of success in an asynchronous distance learning setting.

Team:

  • Brian Smith, Instructional Designer, Outreach and Online Education, Penn State University Park
  • Cathy Holsing, Director of Learning Design, Outreach and Online Education, Penn State University Park
  • Peggy Fisher, Instructional Designer/Instructor, Office of Instructional Design and Infrastructure, Penn State University Park
  • Amy Garbrick, Director, Office of Instructional Design and Infrastructure, Penn State University Park 

Contact:

Brian Smith
Department of Liberal Arts Outreach
0013 Sparks Building
University Park, PA 16802
bps14@psu.edu
(814) 863-3894


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