Student retention and success are particular challenges in general education classes in higher education. In most universities, GenEd classes are taught in big lecture halls filled with hundreds of disinterested students coming from highly different backgrounds. It is impossible for instructors to create a unique learning experience for every student and provide them with the individual support they need. But more and more tools are being developed to help instructors personalize their teaching even to such vast numbers of students – and one of those tools is Adaptive Courseware.
CogBooks, a UK-based education technology business, has raised £1.25m from existing investors Nesta Impact Investments, DC Thomson and the Scottish Investment Bank, the investment arm of Scottish Enterprise. The investment will be used to accelerate expansion in the UK and US higher education markets.
We have all heard about the challenges current and future generations of students impose on Higher Education. In short – we can’t expect to satisfactory teach a 21st century classroom using 19th and 20th century methods. Advancements in technology mean that adaptive courseware can empower students and provide instructors with completely new forms of interaction with students.
Adaptive Learning has become an ubiquitous buzz word in the educational technology space over the last couple of years. And while most of you have some understanding of what it means (if not click here), only a few have actually had an opportunity to experience adaptive learning in real life. In the last year, we have been working very closely with Arizona State University to create and deliver two beautiful and successful online courses, Introduction to Biology and U.S. History.