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Pre-made, course-complete adaptive courseware that draws on open educational resources

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Waymaker by Lumen Learning curates a range of open educational resources that faculty can then customize. Assessments are set up as learning activities that provide frequent feedback to help students master learning outcomes. Instructors can view student performance data and receive recommendations about how to help struggling students, and can use embedded communication tools to personalize outreach. Students make learning path decisions for themselves using information Waymaker gathers; the system does not make the decisions for them. Waymaker courseware can be used when teaching in fully online, blended or face-to-face formats. Lumen Learning also separately offers a catalog of non-adaptive courseware.

Waymaker’s adaptive functionality considers factors such as learner self-assessment, time to complete learning exercises and performance on questions. Instructors can add content and questions from outside the courseware, override grading policies, allow students to skip content that the technology does not think the student has mastered, and re-sequence and edit at the level of individual words. 

Courseware Features
  • Course Complete
  • Pre-made Course
Integration LMS
  • Blackboard
  • Canvas
  • Brightspace by D2L
  • Moodle
  • Sakai
  • Schoology
Discipline
  • Biology
  • Business
  • Communication (Writing or Oral)
  • Economics
  • Geology
  • Marketing
  • Mathematics
  • Reading
  • Sociology
Support
  • In-Person Faculty Training
  • Instructional Design / Course Development Services
  • Online or Phone Faculty Support
  • Technology / Platform Integration Services
Pricing Data
  • Standard Waymaker Subscription
  • Recommended on-campus training+implementation session is $3,000 per day, for 1-2 days depending on degree of content customization required. This fee includes LMS integration services for any major LMS. Support fee is $25 per student enrolled in sections using Waymaker. Lumen charges the institution for this fee based on enrollments; there is no paywall between students and course content. (Most institutions add a course materials fee, which students pay instead of buying a textbook.)
  • Can be purchased by School Leader.

Courseware Features

Ratings are based on company self-assessment, guided by the CWiC Framework.

  • Adaptivity

    The content can be adjusted in relation to a learner's knowledge

Medium

  • Customization

    Educators and course designers can alter learning or assessment content

High

  • Learner Autonomy

    Learners can impact or augment instruction based on their choices

Medium

  • Socio-Emotional

    Use of feedback and interventions based on a learner’s social-emotional state

High

  • Assessment

    The presence of academic structures and the capacity to assess learning in relation to them

High

  • Collaboration

    Ability for learners and/or educators to engage with each other in the context of learning

High

Who is using it?

Cerritos CollegeTidewater Community CollegePittsburg State UniversityWashtenaw Community CollegeBroward College

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