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2013.03.04 swcc outcomes release final for print

  1. 1. Adapt Courseware Releases Learning Outcomes Study, Demonstrating HigherStudent Completion, Retention, and Success RatesDouble Digit Increases Validate Effectiveness of Company’s Adaptive Learning ApproachRochester, NY – March 4, 2013 – Adapt Courseware, the provider of comprehensive adaptiveonline curriculum resources that individualize each student’s learning experience, has releasedthe results of the first in a series of outcomes studies that are underway measuring studentperformance using the company’s adaptive learning methodologies. In this initial study, AdaptCourseware compared learning outcomes in two separate online sections of Introduction toPsychology at Southwest Virginia Community College (SWCC). In the first section, students usedAdapt Courseware’s online adaptive learning content, while students in the second section useda high quality online comparison course that did not include adaptive features. The AdaptCourseware section reported higher student completion, retention, and success rates.“The measurable improvements we experienced in our adaptive learning section when evaluatedagainst our comparison section speak well of Adapt Courseware’s ability to engage and motivatestudents,” said Dr. Mark Estepp, president of SWCC and member of the Virginia CommunityCollege Reengineering Task Force. “We are always looking for new and better ways to helpstudents learn more effectively, while at the same time drive the outcomes that are so importantto our continued sustainability. Adapt Courseware’s results are quite compelling in this regard.”For the Fall 2012 term, Adapt Courseware reported that students enrolled in the section using itscontent had a 19% higher completion rate than the comparison section, as measured by thenumber of students earning a letter grade of A through F at the end of the course divided by thenumber enrolled at the add-drop deadline. Course success, defined as those students earning aletter grade of A through C, was 30% higher. Re-registration rates, defined as students enrollingin at least one course in the subsequent term, were 27% higher than the comparison group.“We expected to see improvements in course completion rates based on our mastery learningand motivational support principles, and it was extremely encouraging to see these resultstranslating into increased student retention rates as well,” said Dr. John Boersma, founder andCEO of Adapt Courseware. “This indicates that by using a varied set of learning methodologies, astudents overall perception of the college experience can change in a positive way and thestudent can be inspired to keep on going. We look forward to releasing more results as our otherresearch studies with two- and four-year public and private institutions become available."The comparison section included traditional online curriculum, including instructional videos.While the comparison section had a high rate of student satisfaction and above-average learningoutcomes as compared to a national benchmark, the section using Adapt Courseware contentdelivered an 11% higher student satisfaction rate, and student learning performance scores thatwere 6% higher using a summative assessment based on the College Boards CLEP exam."I am so excited about Adapt Courseware’s approach to learning. It is an amazing example ofeLearning best practices brought together in a realistic and achievable way,” said Dyan Lester,Director of Distance Learning and Instructional Designer at SWCC. “Because it touches on avariety of learning modalities, including video, text, and multimedia interactives, students cancreate their own learning strategies. The ability for students to choose not only when, but moreimportantly how they learn really makes a difference in relevancy, student satisfaction, andcompetency.”
  2. 2. As Adapt Courseware continues to pursue outcomes research studies, it has issued a Requestfor Proposals for its Scalable Adaptive Online Learning Grant program to demonstratemeasurable learning outcomes on a large-scale. Institutions, departments, faculty members, orteams of faculty members can obtain additional information by visitingwww.adaptcourseware.com/researchgrants/.  About Adapt CoursewareAdapt Courseware individualizes the learning experience for each student based on academicabilities and needs. The company offers complete, customizable, adaptive online curriculumresources that combine proven learning science with advanced multimedia techniques to helpstudents achieve mastery learning. With Adapt Courseware, colleges and universities can realizemeasurable learning outcomes, increased student retention, and higher student satisfaction. # # #Media Contact:Kristi EmersonAdapt Courseware303.885.9896kristi@adaptcourseware.com