February 13–15, 2017 | Houston, Texas

Digital courseware can help students succeed in high-enrollment, general education courses. These educational resources integrate adaptive learning capabilities, data analytics, and more within user-friendly platforms backed by learning science. Attendees are invited to participate in hands-on demonstrations with five digital courseware providers who are creating learning solutions with support from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s Next Generation Courseware Challenge. Don’t miss this opportunity to experience these innovations and discover how digital courseware can increase student engagement and learner motivations. The events below will take place at the Marriott Marquis Houston, and all attendees must be ELI Annual Meeting badge holders to participate. Register here.
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Come engage in quick introductions to digital learning innovations in a fun and exciting speed-dating format:

Speed-Dating with Innovations in Digital Courseware
Monday 13th of February 2017 04:00 PM — 04:45 PM
Room: Houston Ballroom VI

Brian Yuhnke (NMC) | Michael Medlock (Rio Salado College)
Eric Frank (Acrobatiq) | Jon-David Hague (Cerego)
Jim Thompson (Cogbooks) | Kim Thanos (Lumen Learning)
David Harris (OpenStax)

Digital courseware is considered one of higher education’s biggest disruptors as it not only changes the way teachers engage with their students, but also alters how students interact with the learning material. Once considered the gold standard for instruction, the lecture is no longer the primary pedagogy where faculty serve as the vault of information. Today, instructors work alongside students as mentors to help guide them throughout their learning process. In turn, digital courseware is being developed to facilitate the teaching and learning process. The Next Generation Courseware initiative, funded through the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, works to scale the adoption of digital courseware across higher education, bringing these solutions to students who would benefit most from the interactive, flexible programs. The initiative supports seven digital courseware providers through a combination of design, development, distribution, adoption, implementation, and content delivery. The aim of the program is to leverage these innovative technologies to graduate more low-income, minority, and first-generation students. Each of the courseware grantees have partnered with higher education institutions to pilot their solutions and work together to increase learner motivations and engagement. During this session, participants will have the opportunity to interact with five of the courseware grantees to dive deeper into their adaptive solutions and further the dialogue about how digital courseware can be used to increase access and equity in US higher education.

Visit the Digital Learning Neighborhood (2/14, 2:30-3:15pm, Houston Ballroom Foyer) for deeper conversations and hands-on demonstrations of digital learning innovations. Five providers of learning solutions will be participating, alongside institutional partners who have implemented these solutions on their campuses to improve student success. Check out short descriptions of their innovations below, and don’t miss the opportunity to find out which solutions will meet your campus needs!

Explore Digital Courseware: Meet Acrobatiq
Tuesday 14th of February 2017 02:30 PM — 03:15 PM CDT
Room: Houston Ballroom Foyer

Eric Frank (Acrobatiq) | Michael Medlock (Rio Salado College)

Backed by Carnegie Mellon University (CMU), Acrobatiq is a learning optimization company building on CMU’s strengths in cognitive and learning science, and applied research in technology-enabled learning from CMU’s pioneering Open Learning Initiative. Our enterprise platform, content and services enable institutions to rapidly author, deliver, measure and continually improve outcomes-based learning that adapts to the needs of each learner. Insights generated from student learning data provide educators with detailed information about which learners need help and with what, leading to improved student engagement and academic achievement. The Acrobatiq platform is a purpose-built for scaling personalized learning to students. Components include: Acrobatiq Smart Author and Content Library simplifies and streamlines the collaborative development of highly effective and adaptive learning experiences from scratch, from existing content imported into the application, or by customizing content from one of 27 courses offered in the optional content library.

Acrobatiq Adaptive Learning Environment, where students engage with the curricula created in Smart Author is mobile-ready for students using smart phones, tablets, or PC’s and is LTI-compliant, enabling single-sign through leading learning management systems. Acrobatiq Analytics Engine captures and models both clickstream (i.e. page views, logins, etc.) and learning data from students’ performance on learning activities to generate a real-time predictive learning estimate for each student against every outcome in the course. The analytic engine’s algorithms are based on a theory of learning grounded in cognitive science research at CMU’s Open Learning Initiative.

Acrobatiq Learning Data—or measures of learning produced by the Acrobatiq Analytics Engine—are displayed on The Acrobatiq Learning Dashboard™ – a powerful and easy-to-use resource to help inform decisions that instructors make about how to help their students succeed. Learning data also powers the adaptive learning experience for students, and tools for course developers to support continual course improvement. For more information on Acrobatiq please visit our website at www.acrobatiq.com.

Explore Digital Courseware: Meet Cerego
Tuesday 14th of February 2017 02:30 PM — 03:15 PM CDT
Room: Houston Ballroom Foyer

Jon-David Hague (Cerego) | Mandee Eckersley (Cerego)
Liang Wang (University of Hawaii at Manoa)

Backed by a generous grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation for Next Generation Courseware, Cerego Courseware for Higher Education provides adaptive, personalized learning course material in key general education areas including U.S. History, Introductory Sociology, Biology for Majors and Non-Majors, Principles of Macro and Micro Economics, Anatomy and Physiology, and Math Statistics.

Easily adopted and adapted by faculty for these course areas, Cerego Courseware transforms the classroom experience, empowering students with the most promising principles of learning science to help them build durable useful knowledge for class success, while freeing faculty to focus on problem solving and critical thinking and analysis.

Cerego Courseware is today’s solution to student success in the classroom and beyond.

Explore Digital Courseware: Meet Cogbooks
Tuesday 14th of February 2017 02:30 PM — 03:15 PM CDT
Room: Houston Ballroom Foyer

Jim Thompson (Cogbooks) | Peter Van Leusen (Arizona State University)
Nic Rebne (Cogbooks)

CogBooks’ massively scale-able Adaptive Learning system provides a student-centered experience, helping them learn more quickly and effectively. CogBooks learns from each individual’s actions and progress, creating a unique profile and personalized path through the material.

Instructors get access to unprecedented, real-time insights into each student’s capabilities and activities outside the classroom. The connection between instructor and student is significantly improved and everyone comes to class better and more equally prepared. With the increased efficiency of adaptive, instructors save time, stop feeling overloaded and find time to do more of what they most enjoy.

By understanding and addressing the whole learner experience and environment, the CogBooks approach improves retention and success rates (Read more). Students engage with materials in a whole new way, resulting in increased satisfaction and motivation and deeper learning.

Explore Digital Courseware: Meet Lumen Learning
Tuesday 14th of February 2017 02:30 PM — 03:15 PM CDT
Room: Houston Ballroom Foyer

Kim Thanos (Lumen Learning) | Bob Livingston (Cerritos College)
Tom Ayers (Broward College)

Waymaker courses from Lumen Learning combine curated open educational resources (OER) and learning activities with simple personalized learning tools that coach students to become better learners and help instructors find and connect with students who need individualized attention.

Waymaker builds a model of each student’s learning as they work through activities associated with course learning outcomes. With this information, it creates a personalized study plan for each student, containing recommendations about where to focus their efforts. A variety of graded and ungraded assessment activities reflect learning progress back to students and offer guidance for students and faculty about where to focus and how to improve learning. Waymaker develops students’ metacognitive abilities by providing them with relevant information about their learning, choices about what to do next to develop mastery, and real-time feedback on how their learning is progressing.

Waymaker also creates efficiencies for instructors with time-saving and user-friendly tools to help them identify and reach out to students to provide help and encouragement when and where needed. Capitalizing on the flexibility of OER, faculty members may customize Waymaker course content to fit their learning outcomes, student needs, modality, term length, and so forth.

Explore Digital Courseware: Meet OpenStax
Tuesday 14th of February 2017 02:30 PM — 03:15 PM CDT
Room: Houston Ballroom Foyer

David Harris (OpenStax) | Jason Pickavance (Salt Lake Community College)
Edward Watson (University of Georgia)

OpenStax Tutor is customizable, digital courseware based on proven principles from cognitive science, powered by algorithms, and supported with OpenStax’s high quality, peer-reviewed open educational content. It integrates interactive reading material, simulations, homeworks, and practice to create a unique learning path for students. OpenStax Tutor is a complete courseware solution out of the box, however instructors can customize the courseware to fit their needs. Feedback, analytics and performance forecasting allow instructors and students to improve their return on effort in classrooms, in online formats, or in blended courses.