Lumen Learning – Announcement: Lumen Learning’s Waymaker Elevates the “Person”
"With the introduction of Waymaker, its personalized learning courseware, the open education company Lumen Learning is setting a new standard for educational technology solutions that enhance the most human elements of the learning process. Noted for its work helping colleges and universities improve student success through the effective adoption of open educational resources (OER), Lumen is now combining OER with learning science insights to deliver a personalized learning experience with a deep commitment to both affordability and quality ... Waymaker offers four primary interventions that are well-grounded in research and represent a significant shift compared to what students experience in a typical college course. First, by using OER-based content, Waymaker gives every student automatic day one access to the course materials they need to succeed. Textbook affordability becomes a non-issue. Second, Waymaker applies a Mastery Learning-inspired approach, using quizzes and other assessments as learning activities, and not just measurement activities. Students get more than one chance to complete each assessment, along with feedback about where to focus to improve performance. Third, Waymaker uses learning data to provide students with personalized recommendations about where to focus their attention to improve learning. Fourth, Waymaker helps faculty identify and connect with students individually when and where they need help and encouragement. Research suggests these personal relationships can significantly impact student learning ..."