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ERIC Number: ED512292
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2010-May
Pages: 29
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
The Course of Innovation: Using Technology to Transform Higher Education. Education Sector Reports
Miller, Ben
Education Sector
The National Center for Academic Transformation (NCAT), a small nonprofit considered to be the intellectual center of the technology-based course transformation movement, has labored mightily and with much success to help more colleges bring their undergraduate courses into the modern age. But it has labored precisely because colleges have yet to decide, "en masse," that adopting a proven method to produce better student learning outcomes for less money is the kind of thing they should naturally do on their own. The Idaho center, one of NCAT's earlier pilot projects, showcases many of the virtues of course transformation. Students taking intermediate algebra and pre-calculus meet for just one class per week, where an instructor reviews the toughest concepts from the assigned homework and discusses specific math problems. The rest of the time, students take charge of their learning by spending at least two-and-a-half hours in the Polya lab, which is open from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. during the week and for 13 hours on the weekend. There, they complete computer-based learning modules that present material through short videos, interactive diagrams, and problems to solve. This paper traces the innovation of NCAT throughout the years. A list of models that form the foundation of every redesign NCAT has overseen since is also presented. Percentage Cost Savings of NCAT-Supported Course Redesigns, by Project is appended. (Contains 2 figures, 2 tables, and 85 notes.)
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Lumina Foundation for Education
Authoring Institution: Education Sector