Insights from CogBooks 2020 Customer Satisfaction Study on Adaptive Courseware

In 2020, CogBooks surveyed higher education instructors who use our adaptive courseware. We explored how the courseware performed for themselves and for their students, how instructors felt about using it and sought opinions on the content and its ease of use.

Now, we are sharing how your fellow instructors evaluated CogBooks adaptive courseware. Using their feedback can help determine if CogBooks adaptive courseware is suitable for your class.

All data shared within this blog post is found in the CogBooks Fall 2020 Customer Satisfaction Survey.

Did CogBooks Courseware Improve the Student Learning Experience?

The primary purpose of any courseware tool is to educate and improve the student learning experience. At CogBooks, we believe a one-size-fits-all approach cannot address the nuances of each student’s learning style. We use adaptive learning methods that tailor content to each student’s unique background and learning journey. Does this approach hold merit with the instructors we surveyed? The answer is yes. 

Let’s review their thoughts on how CogBooks adaptive courseware impacts the student learning experience.

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replied that students come to class more prepared.
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found students were more engaged in classes.
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said CogBooks adaptive courseware increased students’ engagement with learning.
0 %
stated CogBooks adaptive courseware increased the likelihood of students completing assignments.
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reported CogBooks adaptive courseware increased their students’ final grades.

Increased student engagement, (a component of our company mission as an essential driver of student learning), more completed homework assignments, and improved final grades are impressive outcomes. We see by looking at these results that instructors find multiple benefits for students to use CogBooks adaptive courseware. But does it provide advantages for the instructors?

Does CogBooks Adaptive Courseware Benefit Instructors?

Instructors are often buried in work, multi-class commitments and research expectations. Rapidly moving remotely and teaching during the pandemic only exacerbated these pressures. There are simply not enough hours in the day to complete all of their tasks. Could CogBooks adaptive courseware lessen this professional burden?  It turns out, yes, it does make their tasks more manageable.

See why instructors like using CogBooks adaptive courseware.

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said CogBooks adaptive courseware saves them time.
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stated CogBooks adaptive courseware helped them intervene with struggling students.
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said CogBooks adaptive courseware helped them maintain student engagement.

What’s the benefit of time savings for instructors? It can help create more opportunities for individual instruction. These results suggest that CogBooks adaptive courseware allows instructors to use their time more efficiently and effectively to assist students who need extra support. It’s not about working harder or longer hours; it’s about working better to achieve superior student outcomes.

What Do Instructors Have To Say About CogBooks Content?

The content in any courseware is foundational to the success of a given course’s outcomes. Without good quality content, the course cannot succeed. If courseware content isn’t accurate, comprehensive and compelling, it won’t benefit students or instructors. We wanted to understand how instructors perceived CogBooks adaptive courseware primarily since we utilize carefully designed third party content, including open educational resources. Did our low price point mean the quality of the content was compromised? Was it up to their standards? Does it deliver a student experience on par with their expectations?  Here again, instructors gave CogBooks adaptive courseware high marks.

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said they were satisfied with the visually engaging and interactive learning experience.
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stated they were satisfied with the quality of the content.
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found the courseware coverage to be satisfactory.
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replied that the CogBooks adaptive courseware content to be diverse.

According to instructors, CogBooks adaptive courseware content meets the objectives of the course and their criteria. It scores highly in terms of robustness and breadth.

How Well Does CogBooks Adaptive Courseware Work?

Usability isn’t the end all be all, but it is a powerful shaper of user perceptions. Some instructors might even sacrifice content if they believe a platform’s usability makes up for it. How does CogBooks adaptive courseware rate for usability? Further, does it provide instructors with opportunities to adjust the content and meet the course’s unique needs? Our survey found out.

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found CogBooks adaptive courseware easy to navigate.
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were satisfied with the flexibility/ability to be customized.
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found CogBooks adaptive courseware easy to use.
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were satisfied with the ability to personalize learning for students.

The survey shows that instructors who use CogBooks adaptive courseware find it simple to use and adaptable to their needs. Rather than trying to strike a balance between quality content and usability, they enjoy the benefit of both.

Instructors Are Impressed With CogBooks Adaptive Courseware

No matter what we asked or how we looked at the results, CogBooks adaptive courseware was a success with instructors. The results show CogBooks adaptive courseware improved the student learning experience, eased instructors’ daily workload, presents course material well, and is easy to use. These results suggest that CogBooks adaptive courseware is a compelling option to consider when planning ahead for your class materials.

Give Students Greater Agency and Instructors More Control

CogBooks weaves student agency, instructor empowerment, and curriculum affordability ($39.95 per course) into a comprehensive, adaptive learning platform. This simple to adopt and manage tool can be a direct replacement for textbooks or to complement current course materials. Higher education institutions or instructors can choose CogBooks for a single course or create an entire degree program such as the Biospine Initiative at Arizona State University. The CogBooks adaptive learning platform has been used by more than 200,000 students worldwide. It is proven to reduce D/F/W rates by as much as 90%* while improving student performance by 24%.* Connect with us if you’re interested in learning more, creating a custom course, or developing an entire degree program.

*Data from a consecutive four-year study in Introduction to Biology for Non-Majors at Arizona State University.