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Adaptive Learning: Leveraging New Technologies Strategically

Karen Vignare (UMUC, USA)
Nick White (Capella University, USA)
Thomas Cavanagh (University of Central Florida, USA)
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October 14, 2015 - 8:30am
Technology and Emerging Learning Environments
Major Emphasis of Presentation: 
Practical Application
Major Emphasis of Presentation: 
Theory/Conceptual Framework
Institutional Level: 
Universities and Four Year Institutions
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Oceanic 3
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3 Hours
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Launching adaptive learning successfully, tips and tools to improve planning and rollout

Extended Abstract

Adaptive learning software companies are growing and more universities are contemplating pilots. The promise of these tools to improve student outcomes is appealing to many universities. Yet, pilots can be costly and use considerable hours of faculty and staff. Learn from three universities, University of Central Florida, University of Maryland University College, and Capella University who launched adaptive learning projects in the last two years. The presenters have researched vendors, implemented pilots, and collected data. These three universities used a variety of software and multiple pilots. They will share and contrast their approaches in launching the pilots. Participants will engage in discussion, planning, and role-playing in design thinking for adaptive learning projects.

Lead Presenter
Karen Vignare Karen Vignare, Ph.D., currently serves as Vice Provost, the Center for Innovation in Learning and Student Success at University of Maryland University College (UMUC) leading the search and evaluation for next generation learning models. Karen is responsible for implementing collaborative innovations which may include prior learning, course design, analytics, adaptive learning, e-resources, open educational resources, instructional design changes and competency based models. She was previous a Director at MSUglobal at Michigan State University. MSUglobal is responsible for helping departments at MSU integrate emerging technologies. She publishes regularly on various topics in online learning. She has a Ph.D. from Nova Southeastern University and a M.B.A from the University of Rochester's William Simon School of Business.
Nick White Nick White is Director, Competency Based Learning Solutions at Capella University. He leads a team of curriculum specialists, instructional designers, and project managers that work collaboratively with faculty members to design exceptional online programs and courses. White has a master's degree in education, has won instructional design awards from Blackboard and the National University Telecommunications Network (NUTN), is a member of the WCET steering committee, and is a frequent speaker at national conferences.
Thomas Cavanagh Thomas B. Cavanagh, Ph.D. is Associate Vice President of Distributed Learning at the University of Central Florida (UCF). In this role he oversees the university's distance learning strategy, policies, and practices, including program and course design, development, and assessment. In his career, Tom has administered e-learning development for both academic (public and private) and industrial (Fortune 500, government/military) audiences. A regular presenter at academic and industry conferences, he is an award-winning instructional designer, program manager, faculty member, and administrator. Blended learning is a frequent presentation topic and he has spoken both domestically and internationally on its design and implementation. Tom has served on the EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative Advisory Board (chair) and the 2012 EDUCAUSE Southeast Regional Conference planning committee. Other service includes the boards of directors of the Florida Distance Learning Association and the Florida Virtual Campus, the Blackboard Mobile Learn Advisory Board , and as a track chair for the Sloan-C Conference on Blended Learning. Tom’s research interests include e-learning, technical communication, and the societal influence of technology on education, training, culture, and commerce. He is also an award-winning author of several mystery novels.