CogBooks, a pioneering adaptive learning company, today announced that it is offering its courseware at no charge for 16 of the most-used topics in higher education to help colleges and instructors with the transition to remote learning as a result of dramatic changes being experienced across campuses nationwide.
CogBooks was founded in 2005 and is used by students globally at institutions such as Arizona State University, Portland State University and Georgia State University. In independent studies, CogBooks technology has demonstrated double-digit improvements in course and learning outcomes in online learning settings.
In response to the escalating situation, more than 200 colleges and universities in the U.S. are moving all on-campus courses online through spring quarters or semesters; a number that is expected to grow substantially in the coming days and weeks.
“This global crisis is creating challenges for many instructors, particularly those for whom remote classes are a completely new experience,” said Jim Thompson, CEO of CogBooks. “Instructors may be concerned about how their students will cope without the individual support they receive in an on-campus setting. This is where CogBooks Courseware can help. When students are learning online, CogBooks’ adaptive courseware gives each student the personalized guidance and individual support or remediation they need.”
CogBooks adaptive courseware contains peer-reviewed, high-quality open educational resources from known providers such as OpenStax and augments this content with video, interactive activities and assessment exercises to deliver a complete online course experience. The CogBooks platform also includes social and collaborative learning capabilities. These tools facilitate peer-to-peer and peer-to-instructor communication within the context of a learning module and help emulate interactive in-class discussion.
CogBooks Courseware maps to the organization of most widely used materials in general education courses, so instructors may easily supplement their existing curricula with minimal effort. If OpenStax instructional material is already in use, CogBooks Courseware is a seamless solution to help facilitate the transition from on-campus to online learning.
CogBooks Courseware is available immediately and at no charge for colleges moving to remote learning this spring in the following subjects:
Anatomy and Physiology I
Anatomy and Physiology II
General Biology for Majors I
General Biology for Majors II
Introduction to Biology for Non-Majors
United States History I
United States History II
Introduction to Psychology
Introduction to Logic
Introduction to Statistics
College Physics I (Algebra-based)
College Physics II (Algebra-based)
University Physics I (Calculus-based)
University Physics II (Calculus-based)
In addition to no-charge access to its courseware, CogBooks will provide support to get an instructor up and running within three days. The company is offering the following services as part of this initiative: LMS configuration to enable seamless integration within the institution’s learning management system; one-on-one training and on-boarding for instructors, and access to support from educators experienced in teaching in an online environment.
“CogBooks was created specifically to support improved teaching and learning in an online or hybrid environment,” added Thompson. “At all times, our single aim is to help instructors achieve the engagement and effectiveness of in-person teaching in an online setting. We believe that personalized learning powered by an adaptive engine combined with collaborative communication tools is the best way to deliver this. Our student success at institutions such as ASU demonstrates our impact.”
CogBooks is a learning technology company that has been partnering with educational institutions, associations and companies to deliver quality, innovative, personalized and adaptive learning curricula since 2005. More than 200,000 learners worldwide have benefited from the use of CogBooks technology or courseware products.
CogBooks’ mission is to expand access to education and improve course and learner outcomes at an affordable cost. The company delivers a transformative positive impact on teaching and learning outcomes by applying science-based methods to education, particularly online or hybrid learning modalities. CogBooks has been recognized for its innovative approach by many organizations, including receiving a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to develop adaptive courseware for colleges as part of the Next Generation Courseware Challenge.