Innovative Online Learning Technology: An Adaptive Learning Courseware Pilot Study

Concurrent Session 5

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Brief Abstract

This study evaluates the effect of an online learning tool, adaptive learning courseware. It is focused on the usefulness and effectiveness of the courseware, and its impact on student achievement and success, assessing positive results from the use of an adaptive learning courseware, namely CogBooks.


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.

Extended Abstract

This study focuses on the influence of adaptive learning courseware, and its impact on student achievement in general Biology courses. A PowerPoint Presentation including the informing of how effective adaptive learning courseware is and a demonstration of the courseware in action, by going the courseware website and showing an active general Biology course using the courseware, will be presented. Interactive questions and answers will be given, accessing the audience take on the courseware, furthering the research.

The goals are:

• To highlight research that discloses how the use of adaptive learning courseware adapts to different learning styles, confirming its learning modules.

• To disclose an adaptive learning courseware, namely CogBooks, confirming its effectiveness in student achievement and success.

• To gain the audience participation through an interactive questions and answers period.