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2023 Annual Impact Report

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February 2024

In this report, you can read about the network’s impact in the areas of services, thought leadership, and student engagement. In addition, we recap our 2023 network convening, introduce our new Equity First Organization partners, feature some of our student interns, and give readers a preview of what’s ahead for the network in 2024.

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2023 Annual Impact Report

Annual Impact Report Cover with female student on campus holding laptop.

February 2024

In this report, you can read about the network’s impact in the areas of services, thought leadership, and student engagement. In addition, we recap our 2023 network convening, introduce our new Equity First Organization partners, feature some of our student interns, and give readers a preview of what’s ahead for the network in 2024.

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Listening to Learners 2023

September 2023

Tyton partners’ Listening to Learners 2023 reveals that while 70% of students value representative diversity among advisors, only 30% of institutions report scaled implementation of this hr practice. Cutting-edge research identifies strategies to enhance student outcomes and create a sense of belonging in higher education.

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Planning for Academic Continuity

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August 2023

This guide presents results from an analysis of 100 academic continuity plans at U.S. colleges and universities. The results form the basis for recommended academic continuity plan best practices, tools, and templates academic leaders can use to maintain a plan that can be used in both short-term and long-term circumstances.

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Time for Class 2023

June 2023

This 2023 study – the largest and longest running study monitoring digital learning in higher education – aims to identify the differences between student and institutional stakeholder experiences and preferences to suggest ways institutions and solution providers can address these differences.

Infusing Culturally Relevant Content in Gateway Courses in Postsecondary Education

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June 2024

In this report, we first describe our survey design. Second, we discuss the survey respondents’ demographic data. Third, we present the survey results broken into two main sections: one focused on use of culturally relevant instructional practices and one focused on use of culturally relevant course materials. This report concludes with implications for practice and future research on culturally relevant content in postsecondary education and gateway courses.

Equitizing Syllabi Case Study

April 2024

Faculty at New York City’s Lehman College participating in an intensive professional development project radically rewrote their syllabi and, indirectly, transformed their course design and teaching practices to put students at the center of learning.

Putting Equity Into Practice: Culturally Responsive Teaching and Learning

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December 2023

Culturally responsive pedagogy is a framework that is inclusive of culturally responsive and relevant teaching, and culturally affirming and sustaining instructional methodologies that validate and engage students’ cultural identities. These practical instructional strategies and practices guide the implementation of culturally responsive teaching and learning into educational spaces.

The Equity-Minded Digital Learning Strategy Guides

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December 2023

The Equity-Minded Digital Learning Strategy Guides help faculty intentionally and authentically affirm, uplift, and liberate students. As higher education continues to address eliminating inequitable outcomes in teaching and learning, these guides will help institutions embed equity, culturally responsive teaching, social justice education, and open pedagogy through evidence-based teaching practices.

Putting Equity Into Practice: Open Pedagogy

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December 2023

Being able to choose course design, content, assignments, assessments, and instructional approaches based on the context of the learners and the current events of the times allows students to relate all areas of the course to their lives and equitizes their experiences and outcomes. This guide is designed to support faculty with operationalizing open pedagogy through a culturally responsive lens.

Putting Equity Into Practice: Social Justice Education

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December 2023

Advancing social justice in education requires establishing educational spaces that foster students’ critical consciousness and ability to analyze systems, policies, and practices that lead to inequitable and unjust experiences and outcomes. A social justice approach to education involves two strategies that will be featured in this guide: anti-racist teaching and abolitionist teaching.

Digital Learning Equity Analysis Project

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December 2023

This paper describes the outcomes of a Digital Learning Equity Analysis project undertaken by two award-winning educators, Sarah Straub and Rachel Jumper, who sought to implement suggestions from the microcredential training hosted by Every Learner Everywhere. This training focused on promoting equity in digital learning and provided a structured protocol for conducting reviews of online courses.

Adaptive Courseware for Early Success Case Studies

June 2023

The Adaptive Courseware for Early Success (ACES) Initiative was a grant-funded initiative supported through the Every Learner Everywhere network. The PLC provided intensive coaching, peer-mentorship, collaborative learning and networking opportunities, and educational resources and training to cross-functional, institutional teams at select institutions.

Time for Class 2022

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July 2022

Time for Class 2022 examines how faculty and institutional leaders are using instructional materials to implement teaching practices that can improve student learning and outcomes, especially for students historically underserved by higher education. This report reviews how digital learning in high-enrollment introductory courses can enable instructors to incorporate evidence-based teaching practices and work to close equity gaps in courses.

Caring for the Whole Student

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June 2022

Colleges and universities can help alleviate the burden students face every day, including restructuring mental health support on campus, providing options for digital learning, encouraging teachers to apply trauma-informed teaching practices, and connecting students with the resources they need to thrive.

Supporting Online Adjunct Faculty Across Institutional Roles

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June 2022

This playbook presents six concrete strategies for academic leaders, college-level leaders, and instructional design staff to adopt now to better support their online adjunct faculty and the community of students and learners in their classrooms.

Democratizing Learning Environments

May 2022

In this webinar, participants engage in dialogue and discourse with panelists about co-creating environments that support and humanize students’ academic experiences while affirming their strengths and potential in the classroom.

Equity Review Tool

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April 2022

The equity review tool is designed for educators striving to create more validating and affirming learning experiences and environments for students. Using this tool, educators will be able to develop and evaluate their resources and the language they use to ensure they are asset-based and supportive of a more equitable teaching and learning process.

Supporting Student Success at the Course Level

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March 2022

This report describes the Every Learner Everywhere supports for lighthouse institutions, the experiences and accomplishments of course improvement teams at those institutions, and implications for future efforts to improve teaching and learning practices in higher education.

Supporting Adjunct Faculty: Research-based Recommendations

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February 2022

This webinar will highlight the findings of the WCET and OLC Adjunct Faculty Survey and provide research-based recommendations for supporting institutional leaders, support staff who work with adjunct faculty, and adjunct faculty members themselves.

A Case Study of Amarillo College

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January 2022

A case study on integrating adaptive tools into course redesign provides instructional design support and integrated adaptive technology. 

Every Learner 2021 Annual Report

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December 2021

This year our network has prioritized increasing our knowledge and capacity for equity and racial justice work along with centering equity and racial justice in our resources and services. In addition to our personal and professional equity work, we have spent this last year inviting students into our work.

APLU Adapt 2021: Finding the Right Fit

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December 2021

In this session, faculty and academic leadership share the process of evaluating, selecting, or building adaptive courseware to be implemented in their courses and on their campuses.

APLU Adapt 2021: Faculty Professional Learning

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December 2021

This faculty professional learning session helps faculty and educators to identify and engage a strategic set of stakeholders to support a strong implementation plan for adaptive courseware.

APLU Adapt 2021: Teaching Matters

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December 2021

Faculty discuss course design choices and pedagogical practices that accompany the effective implementation of adaptive courseware.

APLU Adapt 2021: Opening Plenary

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December 2021

An opening plenary on the critical role technology plays in increasing access to educational and employment opportunities for post-secondary learners.

APLU Adapt 2021: Lighting the Way

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December 2021

Academic leaders share their experiences and advice for approaching, sustaining, and scaling best practices with adaptive learning.

A Case Study of Adaptive Learning Technology in Science

October 2021

The study suggests that adaptive learning technology helped students who need support with prerequisite concepts, provided tools to help guide students through complex, multistep processes, gave faculty insights into concepts students were struggling with, and reduced the cost of course materials.

Strategic Staffing for a Digital Future

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October 2021

An overview of the APLU Winter 2021 Digital-Forward Skills and Roles Workshop, which identified and described emergent digital-forward skill sets and roles.

Adaptive Courseware as a Tool to Master Complex Concepts

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October 2021

This case study examines the efforts at three of the seven ATD network colleges participating in the Every Learner Everywhere initiative who focused on these disciplines as part of their efforts to implement adaptive courseware as a tool in gateway courses to help more students persist and succeed.

Re-Writing Writing

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August 2021

This report summarizes the work of the Re-Writing Writing workshop where we invited a diverse range of digital learning experts to bring their distributed knowledge of digital tools to a four-session virtual workshop.

Lessons Learned: A Toolkit for Post-Pandemic Higher Education with Equity and Student Care at the Center

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August 2021

Lessons Learned is made up of over 30 recommendations for improving practices in higher education. It asks where unexpected benefits showed themselves among the forced necessity of emergency remote teaching, and it encourages faculty, administrators, and academic and student support colleagues to continue collaborating to remove barriers, improve access, and update methods and tools.

Teaching Practices of Faculty Adopting Adaptive Courseware

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August 2021

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.

Teaching with a Cobot, not a Robot

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July 2021

This presentation explores four dimensions of motivation and feedback, two learning science pillars that engage students in the learning process and fosters long-term memories with active and adaptive learning.

Emerging SMART Technologies

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June 2021

Learn about the development and impact of the Internet of Everything (IoE) SMART technologies (EduGadget) of mobile devices, smartphones, wearables, and virtual – augmented reality.

Time for Class 2021

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June 2021

Time for Class is a comprehensive longitudinal survey of 4,000+ higher education faculty and administrators, fielded since 2014 by Tyton Partners.

A Discipline Brief for Equity in Chemistry

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June 2021

This brief shares how asset-based instruction, fostering student belonging, active learning, and flexible and differentiated coursework can reduce equity gaps in chemistry.

Planning for a Blended Future

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May 2021

This guide moves beyond getting started with blended learning to help educators realize the best of online and onsite instruction and implement research-driven techniques to positively influence student outcomes.

Student Leaders Speak 2021

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May 2021

Student Leaders Speak documents a national snapshot of diverse college students, including many who are first-generation as they reflect on their lives, their learning, their digital experiences, their challenges, their setbacks and their triumphs.

Guide to Building a Faculty Learning Community

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April 2021

This resource describes how to build and maintain faculty learning communities, details some logistics, and provides a case study from Colorado State University along with testimonials from instructors.

Every Learner Everywhere, Any Place, Any Time?

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March 2021

In this session we address key learnings about instructional practices and student learning outcomes, usage of digital tools and impact on faculty time, and share key challenges we must continue to confront as well as the strategies faculty and institutions are deploying to better ensure that every learner everywhere is able to learn.

Ask An Expert Live Q & A: Inclusive Teaching

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February 2021

In this live Q&A panel, participants engage with Every Learner Everywhere Expert Network professionals to discuss equitable and inclusive teaching practices and digital learning to foster student-centered learning.

Transform Engagement: Interaction and Online Course Design

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January 2021

Rich media tools and thoughtful student-student, student-teacher, and student-content interactions can be powerful tools in online course design that inform “how we teach” and underpin successful use of technology in the online learning environment.

Case Study: Colorado State University

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November 2020

A case study at Colorado State University (CSU), found the use of active learning and adaptive courseware, along with an intentional faculty development program, are key in the implementation of adaptive courseware.

DETA Research Toolkit 2.0

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November 2020

The DETA Research Toolkit 2.0 provides resources and tools to move research beyond the traditional paradigms and to explore innovative methodologies.

Teaching and Learning Toolkit

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November 2020

Grounded in research, this resource supports college teams in building institutional capacity in teaching and learning.

Adaptive Courseware Implementation Guide

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October 2020

This extensive resource will provide you with practical strategies and resources to implement adaptive courseware with an equity-minded and student-centered approach.

Learning Analytics Strategy Toolkit

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August 2020

For all students to have an equal opportunity to succeed, instructors must personalize learning rather than teach to a fictional average student. Learning analytics has the potential to assist instructors

Time for Class 2020

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July 2020

This survey is designed to help higher education stakeholders gain an understanding of digital learning tools for increasing affordability and accessibility for students.

Time For Class: COVID-19 Edition Part 1

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July 2020

The report presents first results from an ongoing series of surveys and focus groups with faculty designed to understand the impact of COVID-19 on higher ed.

Suddenly Online: National Undergraduate Survey

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July 2020

This report describes results from Digital Promise’s national, random-sample survey of more than 1,000 college students whose coursework moved suddenly from in-person to completely online

The Equity Imperative and Social Justice

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May 2020

Barbara Means of Digital Promise presents findings from a survey of students learning remotely and offers solutions for bridging the digital divide at the University of the District of Columbia.

Lab-Based Courses

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May 2020

In this resource, we’ve given an overview of a variety of options for lab-based courses to translate experimental activities to a digital learning environment.

Assessments and Grading

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April 2020

This resource offers adjustments to make to your assessment practices that can help you adapt your assessments during academic disruption.

Strategies for Rapidly Moving Online

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March 2020

A webinar focused on supporting faculty, staff, and students during the closure of community college campuses across the United States during the Covid -19 pandemic.

Case Study: Northern Arizona University

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March 2020

This case study from Northern Arizona University demonstrates the increase in student success that can result from the implementation of adaptive courseware.

Digital Learning Innovation Trends

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February 2020

This analysis identified seven major and three secondary trends in digital learning innovation. The goal of adaptive learning and OER implementations is to advance institutional efforts in providing access and quality while improving student success.

Impact Study Design Overview

January 2020

This resource provides an introduction to the processes, challenges, and considerations involved in running impact studies in postsecondary institutions.

Scaling Adaptive Courseware for Student Success

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January 2020

In this webinar, faculty share their experiences at scaling adaptive courseware, reducing section variability, and supporting the implementation of adaptive courseware through Centers for Teaching & Learning.

The New Learning Compact

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November 2019

The New Learning Compact Framework is a cohesive resource that includes: Core Values, Core Principles, Inquiry Questions for Self-assessment and Planning, and Guidelines for Implementation and Evaluation.

Selecting and Evaluating Adaptive Courseware

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September 2019

In this webinar, faculty discuss the resources needed for a successful implementation of adaptive courseware and the importance of the relationship with a courseware vendor.

Adaptive Courseware in Biology

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July 2019

This brief provides an overview of the current research on the effectiveness of adaptive courseware broadly and in the discipline of Biology.

Adaptive Courseware in Chemistry

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July 2019

This brief provides an overview of the current research on the effectiveness of adaptive courseware broadly and in the discipline of Chemistry.

Digital Learning ROI Resources

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June 2019

The Digital Learning ROI Resources are a set of issue briefs and case studies designed to help postsecondary institutions develop a comprehensive approach to measuring return on investment (ROI).

Time for Class 2019 Toolkit

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May 2019

The Time for Class 2019 Toolkit is a set of research-based action briefs and tools designed to support institutional dialogue, decision-making and action.