Systematic Review And Environmental Scan On Adaptive Technology And OER On Student Success

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Come join the Every Learner Everywhere network partners, National Research Center for Distance Education and Technological Advancements (DETA), the Online Learning Consortium (OLC), and dLRN discuss process, findings and recommendations from an empirical research study completed in adaptive technology and OER. Incredibly popular digital tools in online learning, how much do we know about their impact on students? Learn about a step we’ve taken to organize research in response to the various Every Learner Everywhere studies, and better understand where the field needs to go for future development of these technologies for future alignment with research and student success.


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Tanya Joosten, Ph.D., is a Senior Scientist, the Director of Digital Learning Research and Development, and advisor to the Provost for innovation projects at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Dr. Joosten leads the National Research Center for Distance Education and Technological Advancements (DETA). She is nationally recognized in her work in blended and online learning as an Online Learning Consortium (OLC) Fellow and works to guide strategic digital learning efforts on campus, across the UW System, and nationally as an advisor to the Provost, a member of the University of Wisconsin System Learning Technology Executive Council, and a member of several national boards and committees. Currently, Dr. Joosten leads a national research initiative supported by the U.S. Department of Education working to provide access to research models and methods, facilitating innovate processes of data collection, and encouraging the replication of research across institutions through the DETA Research Toolkit to identify key instructional and institutional factors that influence student success with particular attention to underrepresented students. Dr. Joosten has a background in the social sciences hailing from the field of communication. Her notable keynotes include eLearning Asia, ITC eLearning Conference, and SACS COC President’s event, and her ideas have been highlighted on plenary panels at the UW-Madison Annual Distance Teaching and Learning conference and the OLC International Conference for Online Learning. You can find her ideas and work cited in the Chronicle of Higher Education, Forbes, U.S. News World and Report, and more. Recent interviews with Dr. Joosten are available on ResearchInAction and TOPcast available on iTunes. Her book on social media is available from Wiley Publishing, she has authored numerous articles, chapters, and encyclopedia entries on human and social interactions and digital learning, and she often writes invited blog posts and magazine articles for organizations, such as EDUCAUSE, WCET, Inside Higher Ed, and Pearson. Dr. Joosten previously worked as the Director of the Learning Technology Center leading faculty development and engagement initiatives, pedagogical and technological innovation projects, core learning technology oversight, and blended and online program development.
Justin T. Dellinger is Associate Director of the Learning Innovation and Networked Knowledge (LINK) Research Lab at the University of Texas at Arlington. He is also the project lead for the Digital Learning Research Network (dLRN) and member of Every Learner Everywhere. His primary research investigates the complexities of learning analytics adoption. He currently leads the development of the Learning Analytics MOOC Series in edX and serves as a course instructor in the program. In addition, he has facilitated the Professional Learning Community program at his university with the aim of building community to support the innovation of teaching practice through the use of digital technology, such as implementing open educational resources, using online course tools, and improving course outcomes through the use of learning analytics.
Kate Lee-McCarthy is the Director of Grants and Finance for the Online Learning Consortium. She is a participating member in Every Learner Everywhere Network's Digital Learning Innovations Working Group, the Digital Learning Innovations Advisory Committee, the Asset Management Working Group and is a Consultant for the Market Trends Working Group. She has a BSBA in Finance and Marketing from Boston University and an MA in Environmental and Sustainability Management from Harvard University.

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