All Hands on Deck: Cultivating Adaptive Learning at Oregon State


Universities today face the challenge of successfully
engaging and nurturing an increasingly diverse population of students who come to the university
with widely varied levels of preparation to succeed in the college classroom. To answer this call, the All Hands on Deck
project at Oregon State University is implementing adaptive courseware in selected large enrollment
general education courses, and laying the foundation to scale up the use of adaptive
courseware to support student success across the curriculum. With funding from the Association of Public
and Land-grant Universities, we’re offering incentives to faculty and departments to redesign
key courses that are predictive of attrition. -As you know, one of our biggest challenges
is meeting students where they are, and OSU has a really diverse student body and we have
really large classes, and we want to provide challenging, meaningful work to all of them. -In math were excited about the course design
and faculty development process that’s rapidly transforming Oregon State’s approach to college
algebra. We’re using a backward design process and
instructional design support to produce a blended course that will raise the bar for
student learning. -This is an institutional effort that combines
the skills & expertise of OSU Extended Campus, the Center for Teaching and Learning, academic
technology, and the Division for Undergraduate Studies. -As a land-grant university we are deeply
committed to providing a transformative educational experience for all learners. And specifically, blended pedagogy with adaptive
courseware has the potential both to advance overall student success and to narrow the
achievement gaps for underrepresented students. Our goal at Oregon State is to eliminate achievement
gaps altogether, and this is certainly an opportunity to get us one step closer to making
that a reality

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