SOURCE: CRC Press

CRC Press

March 18, 2015 16:25 ET

IT Fundamentals Personalizes Learning in Ways Proven to Boost Student Achievement

CRC Press Information Technology Fundamentals Textbook Now Available as Adaptive, Online Curriculum, Powered by Acrobatiq

BOCA RATON, FL--(Marketwired - Mar 18, 2015) - CRC Press (www.crcpress.com), a premier publisher of science, technology and medical (STM) books and digital content, launched its first adaptive curriculum solution for higher education: Information Technology Fundamentals -- powered by Acrobatiq. This new generation of adaptive, online curriculum solutions is based on the online instructional methodology pioneered by Carnegie Mellon University's Open Learning Initiative, and expanded by Acrobatiq.

"We're partnering with Acrobatiq to measurably enhance our textbooks content allowing seamless adoption by instructors and ease of integration with existing teaching platforms," said John Lavender, CRC Press Sr. V.P. Publishing and Online Content.

Combining authoritative content from CRC Press, with activities, assessments and predictive modeling techniques enables real-time measurement of student learning. Acrobatiq's learning system approximates, and may surpass, the learning gains made by students working with a human tutor, or by students studying in traditional, face-to-face learning environment.

"In today's fast-evolving IT climate, undergraduate students and their instructors benefit not only from traditional textbook formats, but also from the latest generation of online and digital tools supporting interactive, progress-based instruction," added Lavender.

Unlike traditional texts, IT Fundamentals' digital curriculum offers valuable data for instructors to improve the quality of their courses. For example, as students interact with the instructional content and complete activities, learning data is continuously collected, analyzed and reported to The Learning Dashboard offering real-time insight into students' progress so instructors can adapt instruction according to student needs. This data provides instructors with valuable insight into student progress allowing them to identify "at-risk" students faster, enabling immediate improvements in retention. Students benefit from immediate, targeted feedback which in turn boosts their learning and outcomes. Qualified instructors interested in adopting this introductory course in information technology can preview it here: www.crcpress.com/itfundamentals.

The Information Technology Fundamentals -- powered by Acrobatiq, based on original content from the introductory textbook "Information Technology: An Introduction for Today's Digital World" by Richard Fox, is available for adoption by instructors teaching undergraduate introductory information technology courses. For information, visit: ow.ly/KrB1y.

About CRC Press: CRC Press is a premier publisher of scientific, technology and medical resources, reaching around the globe to collect essential reference material and the latest advances and making them available to researchers, academics, professionals and students in a variety of accessible formats. CRC Press is a member of Taylor & Francis Group, an informa business. For more information, visit www.crcpress.com

About Acrobatiq: Acrobatiq is a learning analytics and outcomes optimization company backed by Carnegie Mellon University. Building on CMU's historic strengths in learning science and the Open Learning Initiative's pioneering research in online learning, Acrobatiq's adaptive curriculum solutions and breakthrough applications of learning data enable fined-grained measurement, analysis and visualization of student learning performance. Data is used to support instructional innovation, personalized learning, and measurable improvements in student outcomes so more students can achieve their educational goals. Learn more at www.acrobatiq.com

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