ADAPT: Student-Centered Digital Learning Showcase

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The power of digital and adaptive learning tools is that they offer faculty a way to provide their students with an unprecedented level of personalized learning. Digital tools like adaptive courseware give faculty the ability to monitor individual student progress and engagement; provide customized, just-in-time feedback; and deliver learning content tailored to students' specific interests and needs. When thoughtfully integrated with curriculum, pedagogy, and assessment methods, digital tools can be used to facilitate powerful learning experiences, both in the classroom and online, that move students from passive consumers of information to active participants in their own learning.

The ADAPT showcase will feature the work of the public colleges that piloted digital and adaptive learning projects with the support of the Every Learner Everywhere network. During this half-day, virtual event, participants will learn about the successes and challenges of implementing adaptive learning technology in the higher education classroom, hear the experiences of faculty, instructional designers, students, and academic leaders involved in the project, and participate in lively and informative discussions on the effective use of adaptive and digital learning technology.

Topics that will be highlighted during the summit are:

  • Innovative and inclusive teaching practices
  • Digital tool evaluation
  • Lessons from the field
  • Student perspectives
  • Use of course data
  • Scaling and sustainability

12:00 - 12:10 pm ET Welcome and Overview
Welcome, Overview, Introductions and ELE address
12:10 - 1:25 pm ET Every Learner Everywhere Address
Jessica Rowland Williams, Every Learner Everywhere
12:30 - 1:30 pm ET Opening Plenary
Sharon Leu, Jobs for the Future
1:35 - 1:55 pm ET Showcase Break  
1:55 - 2:45 pm ET Concurrent Sessions Block #1 (50 minutes)
Lighting the Way: Leaders Speak on Starting, Supporting, and Sustaining Best Practices in Digital Learning Transformation
Teaching Matters - Teaching Effectively with Adaptive Courseware
Supporting Students through Institutional Partnerships and Collaboration
2:50- 3:40 pm ET Concurrent Sessions Block #2 (50 minutes)
How to use Data in the Classroom - Data informed teaching
Student Reflections on the Adaptive Digital Learning Experiences
Faculty Professional Learning - Supporting Faculty to Succeed
3:40 - 3:50 pm ET Showcase Break  
3:50 - 4:40 pm ET Concurrent Sessions Block #3 (50 minutes)
Inclusive Teaching: The Importance of Knowing and Teaching to Your Students in Digital Learning
How to Create More Equitable Courses through a Continuous Improvement Process
Finding the Right Fit: Evaluating and Selecting a Digital Tool That Works for You
4:40 - 5:00 pm ET Closing Plenary: Key Takeaways & Call to Action
Van Davis, Every Learner Everywhere


Opening Keynote

Watch the recorded session Meeting ID: 871 5147 3309 | Phone: 1 301 715 8592

Sharon Leu is Executive in Residence at Jobs for the Future (JFF), "a national nonprofit that drives change in the American workforce and education systems to achieve economic advancement for all". Building infrastructure for a skills-based talent marketplace, promoting credentials interoperability standards, and empowering individuals to use their data to access opportunity, Sharon has been focused on designing innovative programs that promote the effective use of technology in education and empowering leaders within education to use their data to access opportunity. Prior to joining JFF, Sharon served as the Senior Policy Advisor for Higher Education at the U.S. Department of Education, leading postsecondary education innovation initiatives at their Office of Educational Technology, leading initiatives to increasing access, decreasing cost, and improving outcomes for post secondary learners . Sharon also oversaw the design and implementation of the U.S. Department of Labor's $2B Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training (TAACCCT) grant program, the largest federal investment in postsecondary innovation.

Sharon helps us reimagine new ways to reach and serve students who have faced structural barriers to social and economic mobility - this includes exploring the critical role of technology to increase access to educational opportunity for post-secondary learners. The issues she has chosen to focus on can help us to solve defining challenges of our time-promoting equitable teaching and learning in higher education.