Next Generation Courseware is funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to develop advanced courseware that will become an exemplar for online blended learning.
Our aim is to deliver the full potential of technology-assisted learning, by combining the highest quality content and latest online adaptive learning technology with the best teaching staff and faculty.
The goal is to help a million students on the path to college degrees, by helping them progress successfully through their General Education courses.
Our Next Generation Courseware is designed to support both teaching staff and students through the duration of a whole course. It acts as a replacement for the main textbook and provides additional capabilities beyond a simple digital text book or on-line resource. Our advanced adaptive personalization means that students come to class better and more equally prepared. Faculty and instructors enjoy a higher level of interaction with their students and a more rewarding teaching experience.
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“A new generation of courseware is beginning to emerge with capabilities that will have tremendous benefits for students and faculty.”
Daniel Greenstein Director of Post Secondary Success
“We are really excited about the opportunities that CogBooks Next Generation Courseware gives us to improve student success.”
Adrian Sannier Chief Academic Technology Officer
A bigger vision, a greater impact
We are creating a community network of colleges and faculty with editorial control over the Courseware content. We are putting control in the hands of teaching staff who can collaborate and share across their academic networks and ensure the Courseware meets their own needs.
This is an opportunity for you to influence and contribute to a ground-breaking project to help your own students and millions of other students across America.
Our first Courseware release is being run in credit-bearing courses by Arizona State University through Fall 2015. We are now recruiting faculty and institutions to join the project community as part of the next full release in 2016.
What is so different?
Improving the connection between faculty and students
Stand-alone learning activities using textbooks and online resources are disconnected from the instructor, creating a gap between student and instructor. The same limitations can apply in large scale lectures.
This disconnect is one of the biggest challenges for ‘at risk’ students. Instructors gain only limited insight into their student and they can’t provide in-the-moment support when it’s really needed.
CogBooks’ adaptive Courseware provides each student with real-time support by intelligently personalizing the material as they progress. And because the learning is personalized, we can provide the instructor with deep insight into each student’s activities and capabilities. When combined with real time classrooms, these tools significantly improve the connection between instructor and student.
“Historically, the idea of ‘learning technology’ was simply to make content available online as a digital textbook or practice tool. Advanced Adaptive Learning leaves this idea in the past.”
Teach your way: High quality resources with full editorial control
A college education should allow us to learn from the most inspiring teachers, in subjects that we are passionate about. It is vital for instructors to teach in their own way and bring their own perspective to their students.
This makes it difficult to use ready-made teaching products that lack the flexibility to fit. At the same time, it is increasingly difficult for instructors to develop custom content that matches the quality of a student’s daily web experience – hi fidelity, social and personalized.
To address this challenge, we involve the wider community in governing Next Generation Courseware. We build out the original core of high quality, professional adaptive content, and then allow the instructor community to take ownership of the content governance. The community prioritizes the core content needs, augments the core with custom materials and customizes course sequences to suit local needs.
“I don’t have the time to create my own on-line learning resources, but standard course packages are too restrictive and don’t allow me to teach from my own perspective.”
If you are interested in the Next Generation Courseware community, we are recruiting limited numbers of institutions in 2015. Two Courseware titles are available for community members to pilot – US History and an Introduction to Biology. These are currently running at Arizona State University.
Here’s how to get involved …
Join the Editorial Board
Influence course and content releases.
- Enable customization for your institution
- Evaluate with pilot student cohorts in 2016
- Engage in editorial board activity
- Work with like-minded innovative institutions
- Ensure Courseware meets your institution’s needs
- On-going discount of 30%*
Become a Partner
Join the community as a Partner
- Evaluate with pilot student cohorts in 2016
- Provide feedback and evaluation
- Join a community of innovative educators
- Engage directly with the authors and editorial board
- Ongoing discount of 15%
Follow our progress
Keep up to date with this exciting project
- Receive regular updates on project progress
- Join in the conversation!
If you are interested in joining the Courseware community, please share your details and we will reach out to you.
Advanced Adaptive Courseware
Our courseware is designed to support both the teaching staff and students through the duration of a whole course. It acts as a replacement for the main textbook and provides additional capabilities beyond a simple digital text book or on-line resource.
We focus on four main themes:
- Personalizing the sequence of learning for each student (adaptivity) to enable personalized paths and automated support
- Providing a more complete on-line learning experience, beyond the simple delivery of content
- Improving the connection between students and faculty through highly integrated communication and collaboration
- Improving the instructor’s insights into their students’ progress, mastery and learning needs
The result is that students are better served by online resources and come to class with a more equal – and higher – level of preparation. Instructors report that teaching sessions are more focused, effective and rewarding.