BioSpine: Designing an Online Adaptive Biology Program

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Aug 4th at 2:45 PM until 3:30 PM

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Design 
Interactive 

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Adaptive learning offers promise for all learners of differing skills and abilities to be successful at their individual pace and level of understanding (ELI, 2017; Pugliese, 2016). As an institution centered on student success and access, Arizona State University (ASU) started implementing adaptive courses in 2011 with enrollment in adaptive courses reaching 27,000 learners in 2018-2019. This session summarizes outcomes from multiple subjects (Math, US History, Biology, Economics, Psychology, Philosophy) and efforts for developing an adaptive undergraduate biology program, called BioSpine. Engaging close to 50 faculty and 10 staff members, the BioSpine initiative is a project in the School of Life Sciences (SOLS) to develop, implement, and evaluate an integrated undergraduate curriculum in the biological sciences. This project leverages adaptive courseware for engaging students in frequent formative activities and assessments that adapt to the needs of individuals. In class and online, instructors use evidence-based methods of teaching to engage students in real-world scenarios and problem-solving, helping students apply biological models in a collaborative setting. The BioSpine initiative is based on a faculty-generated curriculum that evolves with the changing needs and priorities of the degree program in biological sciences. The success of the initiative will be judged by the persistence of students within the program, the rates of graduation from the program, and the knowledge and skills demonstrated by our graduates. Initial data suggests that students have performed better in courses after SOLS adopted adaptive courseware and problem-based learning. In this session, the presenter will share concrete instructional design processes and faculty engagement strategies from the initial two years of this project. Furthermore, strategies for collaborating with vendors to develop scalable and user-friendly products will be highlighted. Plan for Interactivity: To engage the audience in meaningful and effective ways - as well as to address the adaptive spirit of the topic - the session includes multiple opportunities to gauge interests, share experiences, and customize the content of the session as needed. In general, the engagement occurs in two formats: (1) in person; and (2) using a polling system, such as Slido. VIEW THIS SESSION [Mediasite player]