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Adaptive Learning Market Acceleration Program (ALMAP) Evaluation
SRI was contracted by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to aggregate and analyze the ALMAP data.
The Adaptive Learning Market Acceleration Program (ALMAP) was initiated by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to advance evidence-based understanding of how adaptive learning technologies could improve opportunities for low-income adults to learn and to complete postsecondary credentials.
From 2013 to 2015, the ALMAP grant program provided funds to 14 higher education institutions to incorporate nine adaptive learning products into 23 courses and to conduct efficacy studies to determine their impact on student outcomes. Focusing on success and mastery in gateway general education courses and developmental (remedial) courses, the foundation asked grantees to evaluate the impact of their adaptive courseware implementations on student learning, course grades and probability of course completion.
To strengthen the consistency and credibility of the evidence grantees gathered, the foundation contracted with SRI International to aggregate and analyze the ALMAP data. SRI assembled learning impact, cost and satisfaction findings across the portfolio of ALMAP grantee product evaluations. This synthesis of product evaluations encompassed data collected from over 19,500 unique students in classes taught by more than 280 unique instructors. The final ALMAP evaluation report provides a glimpse into the state of the art of adaptive learning courseware implementations across the range of U.S. institutions of higher education—from research universities to colleges focused on undergraduate education, and from public community colleges to private online colleges.