Adaptive Courseware and Active Learning

Between 2016 and 2019, the Institute for Learning and Teaching (TILT) joined seven other land-grant institutions in the Accelerating Adoption of Adaptive Courseware grant offered by the Personalized Learning Consortium (PLC) of the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU). 

This assessment conducted by IRP&E is a supplemental, internal assessment of the APLU grant and not required by the granting authority. This assessment examined success rates for students enrolling in courses redesigned to utilize adaptive courseware and active learning (adaptive/active courses) compared to those who did not (non-adaptive comparative courses). 

At the instructor level, there tends to be a slight positive association between the adoption of adaptive courseware with active learning and the course success rate. Though, when assessing the value of adaptive courseware to the university community, special consideration should be paid to its impact on the depth of student learning, achievement of learning objectives, and classroom environment and culture. These aspects of adaptive courseware cannot be measured through comparisons of course success rates.