In partnership with Arizona State University, we developed and piloted two adaptive GenEd courses in fall 2015. This Courseware Pilot is part of the Next Generation Courseware project funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The content for both courses was provided by our Content & Media partner OpenStax. The introductory biology course, BIO 100, used a flipped classroom approach while U.S. History Since 1865, History 110, was entirely delivered online. In 2015, the number of enrolled students for BIO 100 and History 110 were 527 and 25 respectively.
In order to assess the learners’ experience with and efficacy of the courseware, we conducted an online student survey, organized a student focus group and compared BIO 100 performance results with data of previous terms.
Over 80% of students surveyed (n=37) would like CogBooks used in other modules or courses that they are studying. In a focus group conducted separately from this online survey, students indicated that it would be useful across a variety of subjects, e.g. sociology, sciences, math or business. Some of the quotes from the students:
“In the future I hope to take more online classes with CogBooks because I think it really is a great way to learn and take online classes.”
“While completing this course, I found CogBooks very simple and straightforward. It was easy to read and learn from it. I found the check your understanding parts very helpful in preparing me for the quizzes given by the teacher. It allowed me to learn the objectives from each section. I would use it again for another course.”
“I have enjoyed working with the CogBooks’ history course, and believe it will be a great transformation to the Arizona State University learning environment.”
“I really enjoyed being a part of the CogBooks experience. It was really cool to be able to come back to the material at my own pace, when I had a free moment set aside for it, and how easy it was. The readings were easy to understand, almost conversational. For once I didn’t feel dumb in a history class.”
The results of the online survey and the focus group show that the majority of students were extremely satisfied with the courseware and confirmed that it is an easy and effective way of learning.
The picture below shows the results of the same BIO 100 instructor using the same curriculum and pedagogical approach (flipped classroom). After using CogBooks for one semester, student success rose from 76% to 94% and dropout declined from 15% to 1.5%.
These results are very encouraging and prove that we are moving in the right direction to achieve our mission, to Educate Everyone Uniquely!
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