One of the ways in which USA Funds® works to promote Completion With a PurposeSM is by supporting innovative new ways of delivering postsecondary education and training programs. These efforts promote a more effective educational experience that helps students complete high-quality academic programs in less time and at less cost.
One of the innovative new ways of delivering postsecondary education is through adaptive learning, which uses information technology to adjust the learning experience based on a student's progress. Although adaptive learning has been discussed for more than a decade as a promising new approach at both the K-12 and postsecondary level, its broad adoption among colleges and universities depends on faculty acceptance, as well as agreement on evidence-based best practices.
To address these issues, USA Funds has awarded a $197,500 grant to the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities’ Personalized Learning Consortium. This grant will support a pilot-test of adaptive learning practices at five public universities. The project will orient key faculty at the participating institutions to the concepts and capabilities of adaptive learning technologies, develop and pilot adaptive courses, and finally evaluate and report on the results.
The goal of the project is to provide valuable guidance to the entire higher education community on best practices for implementing adaptive learning courseware and methodologies.