Every Learner Everywhere
Indian River State College
Cuyahoga Community College
Achieving the Dream

Adopting Adaptive Learning: College Perspectives

While there is significant promise (and hype) around using adaptive courseware in the college classroom to improve outcomes for students, the on-the-ground implementation of adaptive courseware can be complex and take time to get right.

During this webinar, academic administrators from Indian River State College in Florida and Cuyahoga Community College in Ohio will discuss their firsthand experiences implementing adaptive courseware as part of the Every Learner Everywhere project. Every Learner Everywhere is a network of organizations with expertise–including Achieving the Dream–in evaluating, implementing, scaling, and measuring the efficacy of education technologies, curriculum and course design strategies, teaching practices, and support services that personalize instruction.


Anthony Dribben, Assistant Dean of Mathematics & Natural Sciences, Indian River State College
Lynne O’Dell, Mathematics and Science Student Success Coordinator, Indian River State College
Dwayne Keeney, Associate Dean, Liberal Arts, Cuyahoga Community College
Kara DePaul, Specialist, Academic Professional Development, Cuyahoga Community College

Adaptive Learning Webinar Series

As part of the Every Learner Everywhere initiative, ATD partners with a network of 11 higher education and digital learning organizations to advance equity and improve student outcomes at colleges and universities by providing scalable, high-quality supports for effective digital learning solutions. As part of this effort, ATD has been working with 7 ATD network colleges to integrate adaptive courseware in select foundational courses to improve student completion rates. During this series of four webinars, faculty and staff from ATD’s Every Learner colleges will share their experiences implementing adaptive learning at their colleges.

Explore how adaptive learning tools and practices can transform science courses to increase student success with educators from ATD colleges that participated in the Every Learner Everywhere initiative. The quality, availability, and effectiveness of adaptive courseware varies depending on the subject matter of the course. While there are common implementation challenges shared across disciplines, integrating adaptive learning into the curriculum of an English course, for example, often requires a different approach than for a Biology or History course. The final webinar in our Adaptive Learning series continues our exploration of the experiences community college faculty from specific disciplines have had integrating adaptive courseware into their classroom curricula.

This series is recommended for higher education professionals interested in learning more about the promise and the hype of adaptive courseware. The webinars are sponsored by Achieving the Dream and the Every Learner Everywhere network and are free and open to everyone.

Recommended citation:

Dribben, A., O’Dell, L., Keeney, D., and DePaul, K. (2020, September 9) Adopting Adaptive Learning: College Perspectives [Webinar] Every Learner Everywhere and ATD. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pDRFiYXyy2M

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