Reflecting on the Lessons from a Technology Implementation Study in Maryland
Interviews on the ALiS Project
Ithaka S+R recently co-led the Adaptive Learning in Statistics (ALiS) study, a multi-year and multi-campus pilot initiative, which aimed to test whether changing the way introductory statistics is taught in college classrooms–by using adaptive learning technology and active learning pedagogy–would significantly improve course-level learning outcomes for students across a diverse set of two-year and four-year institutions in Maryland.
In the interviews linked below, several participants in the ALiS study share their reflections on the project lessons from multiple perspectives, including state/national thought leadership in math education and the system office in Maryland charged with encouraging and supporting innovation in teaching and learning, as well as faculty and administrative leaders at participating institutions. They reflect on the key findings they found most interesting, the specific aspects of the project experience they found most challenging, and the possible next steps to further build on this work at both the institutional and system level.
The interviews have been lightly edited for clarity and length.
- MJ Bishop, Associate Vice Chancellor of the University System of Maryland (USM) and Director of the William E. Kirwan Center for Academic Innovation
- Matthew Griffin, Lecturer, Mathematics Department, University of Maryland, College Park (UMCP)
- William E. Kirwan, Chancellor Emeritus of the University System of Maryland (USM)
- Mary Lou Townsend, Assistant Professor of Mathematics, Wor-Wic Community College (WWCC)
- Scott Wolpert, Professor of Mathematics, University of Maryland, College Park (UMCP)