Celebrating a new partnership in Adaptive Learning Education Technology Who are OpenStax and CogBooks? OpenStax has been publishing free, peer-reviewed, openly licensed textbooks for introductory college courses since 2012. A non-profit organization, OpenStax’s mission is to improve student access to education and break down the most common barriers to learning, whilst empowering students and instructors. The selection of peer reviewed Open Educational Resource (OER) textbooks cover a range of subjects, including Math, Sciences and Humanities and are currently used by colleges across the United States.
One of the biggest myths in EdTech today is that its introduction eradicates all previous negative issues, bad habits, laziness and apathy – in students and in teaching staff. It’s easy to forget that technology is not the solution to success, it is part of the tool kit to drive success forward – and like all good tradesmen know, the tools are only as effective as the person using them.
Try to describe a typical student in today’s higher education institutions and you will find it is an impossible task. The student population in the modern classroom is made of individuals from a dizzying array of socio-economic backgrounds, age groups, ethnicity and religious beliefs and the diversity doesn’t stop there – especially when we think about those studying courses such as biology. Students have different learning habits, some with a stronger knowledge base than others. Each student experiences their own unique learning journey, with an infinite number of career options ahead of them. Sure, some are taking biology as part of their General Education or to complete their electives but others will move into a scientific research background, become doctors or even go on to teach in the science subjects.
Back in May, we brought some of the Higher Education leaders in the Educational Technology sector together to discuss CogBooks’ product roadmap and technology strategy. We took this opportunity to talk with three key leaders – Adrian Sannier, Arizona State University, Nick White, Capella University and Kevin Bell, Northeastern University – about their personal experiences of adaptive learning. Each of them gave us valuable insight into the challenges they have overcome and shared key themes that excite them about the future of technology in Higher Education.