The Adaptive Courseware for Early Success (ACES) Initiative was a grant-funded initiative supported through the Every Learner Everywhere network. In total, thirteen colleges and universities from Ohio, Texas, and Florida participated in this initiative from 2019 through 2021. Six 4-year universities, which are members of the Association of Public Land-grant Universities (APLU) received direct guidance and support from the Personalized Learning Consortium (PLC), located in the Office of Digital Transformation for Student Success (DTSS).
The goals of ACES were:
- To redesign critical gateway courses taught by faculty committed to integrating equity-centered, evidence-based teaching practices that are enhanced by adaptive courseware
- To create more equitable student outcomes by improving learning and educational experiences for poverty-impacted students, racially minoritized students, and first-generation students
Over the course of two and a half years, 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. These institutions received further support and benefits from the Every Learner network partners, including Achieving the Dream and Digital Promise who offered collaborative learning with participating two-year institutions and program evaluation support, respectively.
Participating in the ACES Initiative gave UCF the opportunity to supplement their existing work with the DL CRI and progress their goal of improving efforts at scaling adaptive learning throughout the university. UCF developed strategies at the course-level to replicate in other departments and the team set a goal of replacing textbooks in Spanish courses with open educational resources (OER). Through their involvement in the ACES Initiative, UCF hoped to connect with other institutions and resources to explore best practices for adaptive learning implementation and scale.Download the ACES Case Study: University of Central Florida