CompassLearning Odyssey provides digital curriculum for K-12 students that can be used as primary or supplemental instruction. Odyssey uses a diagnostic to offer prescriptive instruction through a personalized learning path that can be both monitored and manually altered by the teacher. CompassLearning Odyssey offers per-student or per-device licenses for the product.
Odyssey Content Focus
Odyssey offers core curriculum courses including math, English Language Arts (ELA), science and history as well as elective topics and Advanced Placement courses for high school students. Based on their research, CompassLearning researchers believe that students prefer content that is delivered in a casual, conversational style. As a result, the curriculum incorporates comedy, animated stories and actors to deliver lessons. Odyssey is browser-based but also available on iPad and Android via the Puffin Academy app (by CloudMosa).
CompassLearning Odyssey for Students
Teachers must assign courses and content to students. For ELA and Math, teachers can also assign a diagnostic test which will create a personalized ELA or math learning path. Students move through their personalized learning path and assigned courses, which include instructional content and formative assessment. Students are taught with reading texts, videos and interactive animations.
The program includes a learning forum, the Odyssey Community, where students can interact with each other and their teacher. Students can generate reports on personal progress through the “Student Backpack” section. Depending on the type of license purchased, students can use their school license to use the program on a personal device.
CompassLearning Odyssey for Teachers and Administrators
Teachers can assign students the math and ELA diagnostic as well as individual courses. Teachers monitor students as they progress through their customized learning path on autopilot, but may also customize each student’s assessments, instructional content and grades. Teachers can add their own instructional content (audio, video or text), add, delete or rearrange Odyssey material and manually edit grades. The system timestamps all changes and keeps records of original scores.
Odyssey has built-in reporting capabilities for parents, teachers and administrators. Districts can issue parent passwords, so that parents can monitor content. Teachers can also set up alerts to automatically send reports to parents or other administrators. Teachers and administrators can generate more than 30 different reports including time spent in a course or activity, learning path progress, assignment status and the Odyssey Community report and more. Administrators can export data to an MS Excel compatible .csv or .xml file to perform additional data analysis.
Teachers have access to the Odyssey Community learning forum, where they can message individual students, student groups and control student comments.
Odyssey is aligned to Common Core and some state standards. Data from the Scantron Performance Series and Northwest Education Association Measures of Academic Progress (NWEA MAP) tests can be imported into the program to create a personalized learning path.
The cost of Compass Learning Odyssey varies for each school and district. Discounts are available for both high-volume and multi-year contracts.Schools and districts can request a quote on the Compass Learning website.
The What Works Clearinghouse, the department of the US Department of Education’s Institute of Education Sciences that evaluates efficacy of educational programs and policies, conducted a study of ~2,500 fourth grade students using CompassLearning’s Odyssey math program. Students who used CompassLearning Odyssey math performed about a half-point higher on a post-program math assessment than students who didn’t use Odyssey. Although students using Odyssey performed better on the test, the results were statistically insignificant.
However, an independent study on third grade math achievement found a positive and significant correlation between using CompassLearning Odyssey Math and scores on the TCAP (Tennessee Comprehensive Assessment Program). In addition, a small independent study on autistic students using the program also indicated a positive correlation between using the Odyssey Math software and subsequent performance on standardized tests.