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Four Criteria to Consider When Comparing Courseware

The number of courseware options available to higher education increases each year. While more options can be a good thing, it makes it difficult for instructors to find the best courseware for their needs.
Assessing courseware can be a lengthy endeavor. Most instructors begin their search by identifying courseware options available for courses they teach. Then they confirm which options work with their school’s learning management system. Only then are they able to evaluate the quality of the courseware’s content and user experience. Ideally, instructors will also want to factor in the courseware’s cost to the student.
This search and assessment method still leaves many considerations unaddressed. That’s potentially problematic. Courseware plays a critical role in attracting, retaining, and supporting students.
Fortunately, there is a new way to find and compare courseware options.

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Put the “A” Back in “Teach”: Using Technology to Liberate the Teaching Experience

Adaptive courseware is used successfully across diverse higher education settings. Enterprises including philanthropic organizations such as the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation have supported studies evaluating the equity and learning outcomes benefits of adaptive courseware and The Association of Public & Land-Grant Universities has gone as far as developing an Accelerating Adoption of Adaptive Courseware initiative. Adaptive courseware, while nearly two decades in maturity, continues to be a hot topic of discussion at industry conferences year after year.
Despite the growth in usage, availability, outcomes, impact on equity and capabilities of adaptive courseware, some instructors continue to have reservations regarding a concern adaptive courseware is like “teaching on auto-pilot.”
The reality of teaching with some adaptive courseware could not be more different.

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Coffee Talk with CogBooks: Teamwork Makes the Dream Work When Fostering a Community of Online Learning

Shortly after universities across the country went fully remote due to the COVID-19 pandemic, CogBooks was fortunate to host a panel during Online Learning Consortium’s virtual Innovate event with partners from Arizona State University regarding the evolution of online learning. The pandemic has fundamentally changed the way we learn and deliver learning experiences, and our partners at ASU have uncovered a number of useful insights about online education in today’s world. The following is pulled from a transcript of our conversation.

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