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Part 1: How Can EdTech be a Tool for Equity?

Part 1: How Can EdTech be a Tool for Equity?

In this first blog post of a multi-part series on conversations with edtech developers, researchers, and practitioners, the Collaborative’s principal investigator Rebecca Griffiths spoke with Meaghan Duff, vice president of programs at the Minerva Project, and David Yaskin, CEO coach and consultant at Ed Tech Coaching and founder of Starfish ...
Blog Series: Scaling Evidence-Based Edtech in Postsecondary Education

Blog Series: Scaling Evidence-Based Edtech in Postsecondary Education

The shift to online learning due to COVID-19 appears here to stay – with a lasting increase in the share of undergraduate students enrolled in online courses. Critical in these online courses is the use of technology. When used effectively, new edtech products can enhance the student experience and instructor ...
Two New Publications Highlight Practical Examples of SDL Skill Support in Online Courses

Two New Publications Highlight Practical Examples of SDL Skill Support in Online Courses

With the huge growth in online courses since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, faculty are increasingly aware that they need to adapt their teaching to the new environment of online instruction. But they may not know how to adapt and, in particular, how to support students’ skills in managing ...
Improving Outcomes for Learners of All Ages: A Conversation with Louise Yarnall

Improving Outcomes for Learners of All Ages: A Conversation with Louise Yarnall

From the classroom to the workplace, lifelong learners face a complex set of challenges. In an increasingly tech-centered world, how can educators engage adult students and provide them with the practical and soft skills necessary to succeed in school and throughout their careers? ...
Lessons from Research: Centering Equity in Postsecondary STEM Education

Lessons from Research: Centering Equity in Postsecondary STEM Education

Despite increasing attention to diversity, equity, and inclusion in postsecondary STEM education, the field continues to see gaps in the participation and success of historically marginalized students (e.g., due to race or ethnicity, gender, first-generation status, and especially intersectionality) ...
The Secret Sauce of Belonging, Engagement, and Help-Seeking: A Q&A with Carlton Fong

The Secret Sauce of Belonging, Engagement, and Help-Seeking: A Q&A with Carlton Fong

Carlton Fong, a professor of curriculum and instruction at Texas State University, has expertise in motivation, metacognition, and instructional design, with a focus on STEM courses. His work on student agency and how it helps students feel connected to college and motivates them to seek help ...
Happy New Year from the Postsecondary Collaborative!

Happy New Year from the Postsecondary Collaborative!

We at the Postsecondary Collaborative are extraordinarily grateful to our institutional partners and advisors for your work with us in 2023 to support faculty and students in online STEM courses. We thank you for your continued partnership and inspiration ...
Tips for EdTech Developers to Break Into the Postsecondary Market

Tips for EdTech Developers to Break Into the Postsecondary Market

Scaling evidence-based education technology (edtech) products in the postsecondary market is challenging. Developers need to figure out how to break into classrooms long dominated by commercial publishers – and how to attract funding when investors tend to focus on the much larger and less fragmented K–12 market ...
Helping Your Students Not Just Survive but Thrive

Helping Your Students Not Just Survive but Thrive

During my first semester at Wake Tech college, I was not well acquainted with resources such as student success coaches, advisors, and tutoring services. However, once I became aware of them and started using them, I discovered how helpful they can be. New college students face a variety of challenges, ...
Why Interactive Learning is a Recipe for Student Motivation

Why Interactive Learning is a Recipe for Student Motivation

Being a college student can be hard, especially for first-time students. We tend to think we will have everything together, but we are often wrong. We are starving for the learning we will experience in college, but we don’t quite have all of the study habits or knowledge about how ...
Perspectives from Postsecondary Collaborative Fellows

Perspectives from Postsecondary Collaborative Fellows

The Collaborative has started a fellowship program for students to gain their critical input as the primary users of online learning tools. This input will help the Collaborative ensure our products address the needs of the people and communities most impacted by them ...
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Why and How to Measure Self-Directed Learning Skills

The ability to manage one’s own learning processes, known as self-directed learning (SDL), is a crucial factor in students’ academic success and one that learning scientists consider being open to improvement ...
Collaborating With Faculty on Rapid-Cycle Experiments: Testing Strategies for Developing Self-Directed Learning Skills

Collaborating With Faculty on Rapid-Cycle Experiments: Testing Strategies for Developing Self-Directed Learning Skills

Online learning is here to stay. The benefits for students—especially increased flexibility and access—can contribute to their academic success. But students also encounter barriers to success, including feeling isolated and being unaware of where and how to seek help ...
Working Toward a Definition of Self-Directed Learning and a Unifying Framework to Support Students

Working Toward a Definition of Self-Directed Learning and a Unifying Framework to Support Students

The term self-directed learning—as we are currently using it within the Postsecondary Collaborative—encompasses an intricate set of mindsets and intrapersonal skills that students use to manage their learning. Though educators and researchers often think of them as discrete skills, we theorize that they are more powerful together than alone ...
How Can Instructors in Online STEM Courses Support Self-Directed Learning?

How Can Instructors in Online STEM Courses Support Self-Directed Learning?

The COVID-19 pandemic showed that online learning is here to stay, but it also revealed knowledge gaps around how to support all students to learn effectively online. As a result, educators are now highly motivated to develop new models for online teaching and learning that build students’ skills and motivation ...
The Evolution of PimaOnline

The Evolution of PimaOnline

Pima Community College in Arizona is a Hispanic-serving institution that enrolls about 43,000 students, many of whom are working and have families. With 40% of students fully online, and more in virtual and hybrid courses, the college ensures that online courses are not just pale imitations of in-person courses and ...
Making the Invisible Visible: Redesigning Interdisciplinary Tutoring in Two-Year Colleges

Making the Invisible Visible: Redesigning Interdisciplinary Tutoring in Two-Year Colleges

In 2020, Macomb Community College combined the college’s academic literacy and writing center and academic content tutoring center under one administrative team, allowing the college to reimagine tutoring services to better meet the needs of our students enrolled in remote, online, hybrid, and in-person courses. This shift—combined with the educational ...
How the Montgomery College Virtual Campus Is Bringing Support Services to Online Students

How the Montgomery College Virtual Campus Is Bringing Support Services to Online Students

Montgomery College in Maryland serves 50,000 students on three campuses and has offered courses online for more than a decade. To reach their online students, the college created the Virtual Campus to bring comprehensive support services under one digital roof ...
Advancing Strategic Change with High-Impact Professional Learning

Advancing Strategic Change with High-Impact Professional Learning

Community colleges, HBCUs, and other broad access institutions face pressing challenges related to enrollments, equity, and preparing students for citizenship and meaningful careers. Faculty are key to solving all these challenges ...
Developing an Equity Framework to Support Self-Regulated Learning in Broad-Access Postsecondary Institutions

Developing an Equity Framework to Support Self-Regulated Learning in Broad-Access Postsecondary Institutions

When college students take courses online, technology is only one of many challenges that they must navigate to successfully engage in and complete a course ...
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Helping students attain skills that cannot be taught

Some skills can be learned and coached, but not taught. Instruction about skills like leadership, creativity, and self-directed learning reduces them to a formulaic recipe that the learner follows, without mastering the essential capabilities of recognizing the unique characteristics of a particular situation and of improvising an approach suited to ...
Promising Instructional Initiatives and New Ed-Tech Features Set the Stage for Upcoming Studies with Collaborative Partner Colleges And Universities

Promising Instructional Initiatives and New Ed-Tech Features Set the Stage for Upcoming Studies with Collaborative Partner Colleges And Universities

In spring 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic compelled colleges and universities to quickly move their courses online—despite evidence that students are less likely to complete and get good grades in online courses as compared to in-person learning ...
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The Postsecondary Collaborative’s Blog

Welcome to the Collaborative’s new blog! This blog is one way we will foster conversation around the many complex issues around self-directed learning ...