Center for Online Innovation in Learning (COIL) Research Innovation Grants (RIG)

PSU’s new Center for Online Innovation in Learning announced a new call for grants – Research Innovation Grants (RIG) and we’ve put together a local team that is going for one!! We hope to submit by Friday and find out in early June!! Yeah team!!!

Part of the grant (if we get it – stay tuned), will enable us to host a 2-day train-the-trainers workshop (July 30-31) on the Effective Lifelong Learning Inventory and implementation in the classroom/organization. An early scouting expedition has 14 folks from 4 different campuses dedicated to coming! Nice!!!

TITLE: Using Adaptive Learning Technology and Reflective Exercises on a Mobile Device to Improve First-Year Success in a Paired Developmental College Reading Course


Co- PI – Suzanne C. Shaffer, Instructional Designer and Instructor in College Reading, Penn State York

Co – PI – Dr. Jorge A. Santiago-Blay, Instructor in Biology, Penn State York

Barbara Eshbach, Interim Head Librarian, Penn State York

Dr. Cora Dzubak, Director of the Nittany Success Center, Penn State York

Loren Brewster, Director of Information Technologies, Penn State York


Many students enter college with deficits in reading skills. First-year students also bring with them certain dispositions towards learning that can hinder their progress. These two factors combined can significantly impact a student’s ability to succeed in college. Building on lessons learned from a fall 2012 pilot, this project seeks to positively impact the academic success of first-year students in a developmental college reading course by 1) improving reading and academic skill development through the use of adaptive learning technology (intelligent tutoring) and 2) encouraging growth as learners through self-knowledge and critical reflection using the Effective Lifelong Learning Inventory (ELLI). Students in a college reading course (LL ED 005) will be simultaneously enrolled in an environmental science course (Bi SC 003).  Every LL ED 005 student will receive a mobile device (on loan for the semester) through which they will access the adaptive learning technology and complete reflections (using blogs) based on their ELLI scores. Mobile technology will give commuter students flexibility and access to learning that fits their busy schedules. Both the ELLI tool and the adaptive learning technology systems provide access to learning analytics that will be used to measure the impact and success of the project.

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