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February
2016

In Their Own Words: University Faculty on Digital Learning Platforms

by Amanda Straub, Special Assistant for Policy, Higher Education

Education and digital learning companies have spent years developing innovative learning platforms that present content in more engaging and interactive ways. Digital learning platforms can be used on virtually any device, include personalized learning technology that can assess a students’ skill level, and are easily customizable by faculty to fit the specific needs of the class.

AAP recently hosted webinars where college and university faculty discussed the benefits of these platforms. Here are some of the main lessons learned about how and why they are using the technology in their own words:

Saves students a significant amount of money

“We cut our costs by about a third of what our textbooks were costing to begin with and because we have multiple levels within our software, students are able to take four different courses in developmental reading based just on one software purchase between thirty and forty dollars.”

–Kelly Dreier, Reading, Richland College (Texas)

Improve student success rates

“I had a paper in the Journal of Chemical Communications looking at [student success with digital learning platforms]. There were students who had the online platforms versus students who had the same questions with pencil and paper and those with the online homework with the online platform performed significantly better.”

–Dr. Phil Janowicz, Chemical Education, California State University Fullerton

Build skills for developmental students

“Students in developmental education need skill building opportunities. Instead of doing that in class, I use a digital platform in my developmental reading class, and students can go online on their own time and complete activities that help them build the skills they need.”

–Kristi Barker, Developmental Reading and College Success Strategies, South Plains College (Texas)

Identify and focus on the tasks most challenging to individual students

“One of the huge differences with using these platforms is I am able to individualize what [students] need and give them time to practice the concepts that they need to work on and not waste time on things that they might already know.”

–Lynda Haas, Rhetoric and Composition, University of California Irvine

For more information or to read the webinar transcripts, visit www.aapbacktocampus.org

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