Online Learning

ASU Taps Personalized Learning Tech for Global Freshman Academy Courses

This fall, students at Arizona State University's Global Freshman Academy will experience a personalized learning environment designed to boost engagement and knowledge retention. The institution is using Cerego's personalized learning platform to provide students with data on what they have learned and how much information they have retained in each course, helping them decide whether or not to pursue the course for credit.

As learners study with Cerego, the technology "measures a student's rate of information absorption and memory decay and simultaneously calculates the precise moment to review that material in order to achieve maximum memory strength," according to the company. Each student receives a personalized visualization of learning progress that maps activation and memory strength across all coursework.

Announced in April, the Global Freshman Academy allows students to take freshman-level courses online via the edX platform before applying or paying for credit at ASU. "By allowing students to explore, learn and complete courses before applying or paying for credit, the Global Freshman Academy makes college far more accessible and approachable, reducing academic and monetary stresses that often accompany the enrollment progress," said Phil Regier, university dean for educational initiatives and CEO of EdPlus at ASU, in a press release.

The first three courses with the new personalized learning environment will be Introduction to Solar Systems Astronomy, Western Civilization: Ancient and Medieval Europe, and Human Origins.

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About the author: Rhea Kelly is executive editor for Campus Technology. She can be reached at rkelly@1105media.com.

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