Advancing Teaching & Learning Innovation
Adaptive Learning, Online Homework, and Assessment
Providing students with self-paced learning, feedback, and adaption with the help of digital assessment while providing the teacher with information on individualized student progress
Collaborative Digital Learning
Providing students and faculty with applications and opportunities to participate in and improve achievement via effective collaborative learning activities that complement traditional forms of delivery
Digital Resource, eText, and Learning App Innovation
Innovative learning resources, tools, and applications that improve the access, affordability, and quality of education. This includes data gathering to measure student engagement, progress toward desired outcomes, program effectiveness, and digital resource usage
Gaming, Simulation, and Immersive Learning
Applications that give students and teachers opportunities to participate in effective experiential learning that is better than traditional alternatives
Scaling Pedagogical Knowledge and Practice
Providing efficient and effective support to teachers and faculty in significantly improving the facilitation and delivery of learning experiences
Implementing Personalized Adaptive Learning at the University of Central Florida
University of Central Florida and Realizeit
Summary: UCF’s Personalized Adaptive Learning (PAL) initiative is a collaborative effort among students, faculty members, instructional designers, IT staff, senior administrators, and vendors. Through the Realizeit enterprise adaptive learning platform, instructors at UCF create customized educational content and deliver it to students through personalized learning pathways. The platform allows the incorporation of the institution's content, open educational resources (OER), publisher content, and various media. The platform utilizes algorithms to create these pathways and drive student success while providing sophisticated data reporting.
Learning Impact: Partnering with 73 instructors, over 360 course sections were delivered over several years, impacting nearly 44,000 students. System analytics showed that students were highly engaged in the learning activities, and student satisfaction increased significantly. According to a student survey, the majority of learners stated that they spent much more or more time learning content in their class using Realizeit than in courses without Realizeit. They also strongly agreed or agreed that Realizeit increased their engagement with the content.
M. Math-System (Multilingual Math Video Content System)
1EdTech Japan Society Award Winner
Kyoto University of Education Japan and Kyoto University’s Association for the Education of International Children
Summary: The M. Math-System (multilingual math video content system) was developed to address teacher shortages in Japan and around the world. Through the M. Math-System, Kyoto University translates math video learning resources from elementary to high school into multiple languages and makes them available to the public free of charge via a dedicated website and YouTube. It enables students to learn math in their native language when they are living abroad.
Learning Impact: Kyoto has produced approximately 3,100 multilingual versions of math and arithmetic videos in Portuguese, Chinese, Vietnamese, Korean, English, and Japanese and added another 600 in Ukrainian to support children who have been displaced both inside and outside the country and are unable to learn adequately. Additionally, the Japanese video content is also useful as a self-study tool for elementary and junior high school students who are attending school remotely.
BookNook: K-8 Reading Intervention Program with a Synchronous Teaching and Learning Platform
BookNook and Magic EdTech
Summary: BookNook helps educational institutions and community-based organizations scale tutoring and literacy intervention. It includes a synchronous teaching and learning platform, an adaptive reading curriculum, and online tutoring services. Usage and progress reporting are provided at the student, cohort group, school, district, and state levels.
Learning Impact: BookNook's solution enables schools and districts of any size to alleviate the impact of staffing shortages and address disparities in reading achievement. The platform uses data-driven instruction to deliver personalized learning experiences to students based on their individual reading levels and learning needs. This ensures that students are challenged at an appropriate level, remain engaged, and can make progress at their own pace. Findings show that students with high usage levels gained literacy skills at a faster rate compared to peers who engaged less frequently or not at all.
Higher Education & Real-World Training (HEaRT)
Southern New Hampshire University
Summary: Higher Education & Real-World Training (HEaRT) is a free, innovative, and asynchronous experiential learning opportunity for SNHU’s diverse learners. Participants work in virtual teams to solve real challenges presented by employer partners and industry leaders looking to address healthcare issues. Faculty play a supportive role, acting as facilitators/mentors to offer guidance and recommendations to students.
Learning Impact: HEaRT bridges the gap between the learner’s coursework and the duties performed on the job. The highly scalable program offers students the opportunity to earn badges and a microcredential that can be applied to their degree program. HEaRT has assisted in transforming education and improving equity for online learners to build skills with the potential to earn learning assessment credits while networking and earning digital badges to display skills to potential employers.
Applying AI-Generated Practice to Textbooks to Improve Teaching and Learning
Iowa State University and VitalSource
Summary: Iowa State University and VitalSource launched a research project to investigate the benefits of the new Bookshelf CoachMe feature, which places AI-generated practice questions alongside the textbook so students can practice while they read. Faculty volunteered to incorporate this study tool into their teaching practice, assigned the CoachMe practice as homework, and monitored student engagement via data reports.
Learning Impact: Student textbook use dramatically increased, and nearly all students completed 100% of the practice in assigned chapters. Through anonymous surveys, students reported finding the practice helpful for learning and preparing them for assessments. Faculty helped to identify successful implementation practices that could be shared with others at ISU. The positive feedback from the faculty and students involved in this research project supports the expansion of this program.
UWorld College Readiness Suite
Summary: UWorld’s research-based learning tools help students build critical-thinking skills, increase mastery and retention, and boost confidence. It saves teachers time by providing quality content to supplement instruction and progress monitoring to help drive decisions. The content was written by educators for educators and mimics what students will experience in courses and on their exams.
Learning Impact: UWorld’s Learning Tools help improve student performance in their AP® classes and on the SAT® and ACT® exams with a number of digital tools that they can access anywhere, at any time, with any device. The combination of curriculum and support tools empowers teachers to make data-driven decisions and students to take ownership of their learning. UWorld currently offers academic support to 1,500 teachers and 50,000 students and is collecting data on score improvement at the district level.
MARS: UMGC’s Virtual and AI Applied Learning Environment
University of Maryland Global Campus
Summary: UMGC adopted MARS (Multi-Dimensional. Applied. Relevant. System.) to replace its outdated virtual learning labs. MARS digitally replicates the internet—including websites, servers, and over 15,000 AI-driven personae—to allow students to develop their competencies and apply principles and methods from the classroom in a real-world environment. As students, faculty, and staff interact with MARS, their engagement activity on the platform is analyzed and continuously enhanced with AI and machine-learning systems.
Learning Impact: MARS offers cybersecurity, human resources, marketing, business, and other simulations that create a rich learning, near-world experience for students. Each real-time interaction inside MARS creates a ripple effect for other learners to react and respond to within the environment. This persona-driven interaction model allows students to understand and react to nuance and craft relevant responses with industry-specific skills. MARS is helping more than 4,000 students build essential career-relevant skills by giving them access to a simulated, AI-driven world in which they learn by doing. It provides them with a deeper understanding of the realistic processes and techniques that their career fields will resemble. Students have an opportunity to practice safely and ethically inside of the MARS environment.
Kennesaw State University's Distinguished Course Repository
Kennesaw State University
Summary: KSU's Distinguished Course Repository (DCR) is a digital space in an online journal format in which experienced faculty share excellent online and hybrid course designs with their peers to support ongoing student success. The DCR also assists new and late-hire faculty by providing them access to high-quality course content. Courses submitted to and published in the DCR not only meet the standards specified in college-level Digital Learning Policies for review and approval but also exceed these standards as measured by the Quality Matters Higher Education Rubric.
Learning Impact: The DCR provides greater access to proven quality instructional strategies. Programs adopting a Distinguished Course template from the DCR can count on consistency across sections and prevent curriculum drift. Instructors may tailor the course template downloaded from the DCR to support the needs of individualized students, assignments, and engagement opportunities. Students can depend on support to achieve the learning outcomes necessary for progress and success in pursuing their degree.