This component of the Digital Learning Initiative aims to use two digital programs to improve achievement for students who want to enter fields in science, technology, engineering, and math. The first program is a student training program called Science of Learning to Learn (SoLTL), which helps students recognize and apply effective learning strategies. The second program is Assessment and Learning in Knowledge Spaces (ALEKS®), a web-based assessment and learning program that helps students and instructors determine how well a student knows the material taught in a course, and to track progress.
In its first phase, the Digital Learning Initiative focuses on the effect of SoLTL on student success among those who did not successfully master the college readiness course Math 95 and need to retake it before they can enter College Math 120. The second phase uses ALEKS® performance data to determine successful behavior patterns predictive of student achievement. Successfully leveraging of the two digital learning tools is expected to help students move more efficiently into college-level math and contribute to improved retention and graduation rates, and reduce student debt.