Concurrent Session 9

Brief Abstract

This session will evaluate adaptive learning designs that are most effective in conducive online learning environments.  The focus will be on several adaptive learning designs in courseware (CogBooks) environments that lend to student success.  Each adaptive learning design, namely interface-based, interactive-based, and content-based will be discussed, followed with supported demonstrations.   


Loretta Spruel is a PHD candidate in the Science and Mathematics Education (SMED) doctorate program at Southern University and A & M College. Spruel has over 10 years of teaching experience as an instructor of Computer Science at McNeese State University, where she has simultaneously taught courses in three formats, fact-to-face, hybrid, and online. She is a certified online instructor and have taught several computer science, computer applications, and information systems courses. Her professional experience in higher education spans over 15 in diverse areas working as a Computer Programmer, System Analyst, Research Analyst, and a Distance Learning Coordinator. Spruel earned a B. S. in Computer Science from Southern University A & M College, a M. Ed. in Educational Technology from McNeese State University, and a M. S. degree in Computer Information Systems from Nova Southeastern University. She has served on many departmental, college, and university committees, and as a board of director on many boards, including community boards. She is a member of several civic organizations, including Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Top Ladies of Distinction, Inc., and Women of Excellence Educational and Charitable Foundation, Inc. Her research interests are in adaptive learning, online learning, instructional design, educational technology, and information systems.

Additional Authors

Professor Moustapha Diack is the Associate Vice President for Online Learning Services for the Southern University System (SUS) and Director of Professional Development Services for Southern University Baton Rouge (SUBR). He is Chair of the Practitioners Summit for Advancing Affordable Learning Solutions and Quality Online Education for HBCUs, integral part of the OLC/MERLOT International Conference. His research interests at Southern University are in the areas of Instructional Design, cognitive theory of multimedia learning and the strategic planning and deployment of online learning systems to enhance student learning outcomes. Diack has extensive experience in the areas of online learning design and delivery and has played a global leadership role in the areas of Open Education and Open Access. He is recipient of the International MERLOT (Multimedia Educational Resources for Learning and Online Teaching) Innovation Award 2009. He is member of the MERLOT Faculty Development Editorial Board and Co-Founding Director of the MERLOT Africa Network (MAN), a network of African higher education institutions and digital scholars engaged in the research, development and implementation of open education. At the SUS, Diack oversees the development and implementation of integrated digital library services, the Southern University Online Library for Education (SUOL4ed), to facilitate quality online programs development and college affordability through the adoption of open education resources and open textbook. Diack is member of the Louisiana Board of Regents Task Force On Electronic Learning and Past President 2003-2006 of the Louisiana Academy of Science and also Member of the Quality Matters (QM) International Advisory.
Dr. Francesca Mellieon-Williams is an Associate Professor of Science and Mathematics Education at Southern University and A& M College. She is the oldest of four children whom all followed in both their parents’ footsteps of earning a Bachelor’s Degree from a Historically Black College and University (HBCU). Dr. Mellieon-Williams is very passionate about the education of young people and continuously serves as a personal mentor to her students.   Dr. Mellieon-Williams is an active member of St. John the Baptist Church of Dorseyville, LA and the Tau Kappa Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. She married a handsome guy she met in science class at Southern University and they have one son. She graduated from Southern University with a bachelor's degree in Biological Sciences. Dr. Mellieon-Williams immediately began graduate studies at Washington State University, where she earned a master's degree in Reproductive Physiology. It was during her time at Washington State University where her passion for teaching was fueled. She later returned to Louisiana and began a successful career as a respected instructor at Baton Rouge Community College in the Division of Math and Science. Dr. Mellieon-Williams continued her graduate studies at LSU in Curriculum & Instruction with a concentration in Science Education where she later earned a doctorate. Since this time, Dr. Mellieon-Williams has served in several capacities to impact STEM Education PreK-20. As the Co-director for the Southern University Summer Transportation and Energy Institute, she along with the staff work tirelessly during the summer to engage high school students in STEM activities including robotics, engineering build projects and other STEM related experiences. Dr. Mellieon-Williams understands the importance of technology in learning and encourages teachers on all levels to integrate technology into their curricula. She works intimately with faculty at Southern University to effectively integrate technology in their course whether it is using Moodle for course delivery or software/apps to enhance the course content. She believes strongly in identifying methods of instruction to encourage life-long learning and is always willing to share that knowledge with others. To no surprise, Dr. Mellieon-Williams areas of research interest include impacting STEM for minority students and the effective integration of technology in the curriculum.

Extended Abstract

The study focuses on the impact of the adaptive learning designs, and their influence on student achievement.  A PowerPoint Presentation will inform how effective each adaptive learning design is with a demonstration of the designs in action.  Demonstrations from each adaptive learning design will be shown in a general education course using the courseware.  Interactive questions will be posed, gaining audience participation, followed with the answering of any questions. 

The goals are:

  • To disclose how the use of essential adaptive learning designs matter in student achievement.
  • To pinpoint the breadth and depth of adaptive learning designs, namely, interface-based, interactive-based, and content-based, confirming effective personalized learning, yielding student satisfaction and learning success.
  • To advance audience participation through interactive questions, advancing the research.