The U-Pace instructional approach was honored in November 2014 with a WICHE Cooperative for Educational Technologies Outstanding Work (WOW) Award. This award recognizes U-Pace as a creative instructional model for increasing student success in higher education.http://wcet.wiche.edu/advance/wow-media-release-2014
The U-Pace instructional approach was selected as the winner of the 2013 Desire2EXCEL Impact Award from Desire2Learn. U-Pace was recognized as “an initiative that reflects an extraordinary impact on teaching and learning.” The ability of U-Pace instruction to reliably produce striking student outcomes was also cited as exemplary.
The research paper (below) written by the UWM U-Pace team was recognized with a 2013 Research Paper Award from the National University Technology Network (NUTN) for its contribution to understanding the approaches that improve the field of technology in education.
Reddy, D. M., Fleming, R., Pedrick, L. E., Jirovec, D. L., Pfeiffer, H. M., Ports, K. A., Barnack-Tavlaris, J. L., Helion, A. M., & Swain, R. A. (2013). U-Pace instruction: Improving student success by integrating content mastery and amplified assistance. Journal of Asynchronous Learning Networks, 17 (1), 147 – 154.
The UWM U-Pace team comprised of Diane Reddy, Laura Pedrick, Dylan Barth, Ray Fleming, and Rodney Swain has been awarded the 2012 Distance Education Innovation Award by the National University Technology Network (NUTN). U-Pace, a technology-enabled instructional approach developed at UWM that combines self-paced, mastery-based learning with instructor-initiated assistance in an online learning environment, was cited as an innovative adaptive learning model with faculty intervention that has passed the tests put to it with flying colors. U-Pace has documented greater learning and greater academic success for all students compared to conventional, face-to-face instruction. The national award recognizes the contribution of U-Pace to the field of distance education.
U-Pace has garnered favorable press as a promising model for instructional practice in higher education. For example, after attending the EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative (ELI) Innovation Showcase presentation of the newest findings for U-Pace instruction, Kaplan’s CEO, Bror Saxberg lauded U-Pace, in his blog, “What Works For Learning”, heralding in the post’s title, (“Should we all be paced like U-Pace?”) his assessment of the potential impact of U-Pace instruction on higher education. He indicated that U-Pace instruction is “exactly the sort of thing that is worth testing at scale” and notes that the level of scientific rigor used to test U-Pace’s effectiveness is rare in education. Further, Saxberg intimates below that U-Pace instruction may be a practical, scalable model for maximizing student success.http://brorsblog.typepad.com/brors-blog/2012/02/should-we-all-be-paced-like-u-pace.html
“It is very likely that the most effective, efficient, and engaging learning environments, especially at an introductory level for students, are going to be integrated combinations of evidence, technology, information, practice activities, feedback, and people, all working to personalize results for each student. U-Pace shows a practical, scaled-up example with very promising data.”
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