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Every Learner Everywhere
Association of Public and Land-grant Universities

Improving Critical Courses Using Digital Learning & Evidence-based Pedagogy

Higher education’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic has ignited the need to improve student success in high-priority courses and to improve equity for Black, Latinx, Indigenous, poverty-affected, and first-generation learners. The 2020 spring and summer terms catalyzed a continuous improvement strategy that required educators to leverage flexible learning environments, including hyflex, hybrid, fully online, and classroom-based digital teaching and learning environments, that will extend well into the post-pandemic future. Department chairs (as both faculty and academic leaders), deans, provosts, and other academic administrators are helping to lead this continuous improvement strategy. These academic administrators are overseeing and supporting the development of high-quality teaching and learning environments that can seamlessly switch back and forth between in-person and online education.

This guide features numerous links to resources academic administrators can draw from to effectively support a continuously improved teaching and learning environment that is sustainable for years to come.

Other Pillar Resources

Teaching Practices of Faculty Adopting Adaptive Courseware

Adaptive Courseware

In fall 2020, Digital Promise administered a survey to a group of educators at selected two-year colleges and four-year universities to better understand the teaching practices they employ and the ways in which they use adaptive courseware in their gateway courses.

Time for Class

This 2021 summary provides an updated view on how the pandemic has altered the landscape of teaching, learning, and course materials in higher education.