Closing Pell-eligible Performance Gaps with Waymaker OER Courses
As students find their footing in college, the right intervention at the right moment can transform outcomes. Waymaker’s just-in-time messaging tools help instructors easily identify and encourage struggling students. Applying research-driven learning design to engaging OER content, Waymaker courses show promise for closing performance gaps among Pell-eligible students.
Kim Thanos, CEO of Lumen Learning, opens this Digital Courseware Preview sharing learning data analysis about the impact of Waymaker digital courseware on student success. Building on this learning data analysis, she guides attendees through a brief tour of Waymaker courseware content and personalized learning tools. She highlights how research-driven learning design augments open educational resources (OER) in Waymaker courses, to enhance the quality of learning and engagement using OER. With grounding in learning science and efficacy research, Ms. Thanos demonstrates how Waymaker contributes to improving metacognition, student engagement, and academic performance.
Joining Ms. Thanos are representatives from two institutions using Waymaker courseware to replace expensive textbooks in high-enrollment college courses. Nicola Wayer, Director of Instructional Design & Training for TN eCampus at Tennessee Board of Regents, describes the impact her institution is seeing with a new summer-fall 2017 implementation of Waymaker digital courseware. Tom Ayers, Associate Dean for Information Technology, Business Administration and Competency-Based Education at Broward College, shares recommendations based on his institution’s multi-year Waymaker implementation and how to ensure courseware initiatives align well with broader institutional strategies and priorities.
From this Digital Courseware Preview, attendees will: Identify courseware capabilities that can increase personalization, individual agency, and metacognition for students and faculty See and explain how digital courseware tools wrap around open educational resources (OER) to improve the learning experience Discuss the impact automated messaging tools can play on how faculty members work to build connections, encourage success, and offer individualized help when and where needed Recognize how learning science insights can be applied at scale through digital courseware packages