New report evaluates digital courseware’s impact on student learning

Review of Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Digital Courseware Investments offers findings and lessons learned

digital-coursewareA new report assesses five years of technology investments in digital courseware by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Postsecondary Success initiative in order to understand what is required for digital courseware to produce positive student learning outcomes at scale.

The report comes from SRI Education, a division of the nonprofit research and innovatgion center SRI International.

At the request of the Gates Foundation, SRI Education reviewed 137 postsecondary online and hybrid courses and provided a synthesis of the findings, along with implications and recommendations for future investments in learning software for colleges and universities.

“Digital courseware has the potential to improve student learning outcomes and catalyze changes in education practice. These two affordances align well with the Gates Foundation’s emphasis on improving college success for underrepresented minorities, low-income students, and first-generation college attendees,” said Barbara Means, Ph.D., director, Center for Technology in Learning, SRI Education.

(Next page: Findings from the report)

Laura Ascione

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