Proposal Title

Creating a Custom Classroom for Every Learner: How Smart Authoring Tools Enable Active, Adaptive Learning

Co-Authors

N/A

Track

Research Project / Assessment of Student Learning

Proposal Abstract

The Acrobatiq Smart Author adaptive learning platform, content library and data tools are based on cognitive and learning science research from Carnegie Mellon’s Open Learning Initiative (OLI). Acrobatiq offers Smart Author adaptive curriculum development tools that support outcomes-based modular, adaptive curriculum that can be reordered or selectively subdivided to match with course goals and student learning needs. The digital curriculum includes dynamic media elements as well as interactive learning activities. Based on cognitive understanding of the learning process, the learning activities have multiple levels of hints and targeted feedback to guide student learning. Most importantly, there is a learning dashboard that allows instructors detailed feedback regarding student performance. Any areas that students individually or collectively show deficiencies in can be addressed either through adaptive activities or a complete adaptive learning module. Studies of student outcomes of this active learning strategy for a test case with a statistics course at Carnegie Mellon achieved the same or better learning outcomes as students in the traditional course in half the time. Students spent no more time studying outside of class than their traditional peers, but demonstrated learning outcomes that were similar or better than those of their peers; they also retained the information longer.

Session Format

Presentation Session

Location

Room 212

Publication Type and Release Option

Presentation (Open Access)

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Mar 30th, 3:00 PM Mar 30th, 3:45 PM

Creating a Custom Classroom for Every Learner: How Smart Authoring Tools Enable Active, Adaptive Learning

Room 212

The Acrobatiq Smart Author adaptive learning platform, content library and data tools are based on cognitive and learning science research from Carnegie Mellon’s Open Learning Initiative (OLI). Acrobatiq offers Smart Author adaptive curriculum development tools that support outcomes-based modular, adaptive curriculum that can be reordered or selectively subdivided to match with course goals and student learning needs. The digital curriculum includes dynamic media elements as well as interactive learning activities. Based on cognitive understanding of the learning process, the learning activities have multiple levels of hints and targeted feedback to guide student learning. Most importantly, there is a learning dashboard that allows instructors detailed feedback regarding student performance. Any areas that students individually or collectively show deficiencies in can be addressed either through adaptive activities or a complete adaptive learning module. Studies of student outcomes of this active learning strategy for a test case with a statistics course at Carnegie Mellon achieved the same or better learning outcomes as students in the traditional course in half the time. Students spent no more time studying outside of class than their traditional peers, but demonstrated learning outcomes that were similar or better than those of their peers; they also retained the information longer.