Further Rigorous Evaluations of U-Pace in Progress
With support from the U.S. Department of Education, Institute of Education
Sciences, we are conducting a four-year randomized controlled study involving
1,920 undergraduates across three disciplines (psychology, sociology, and
political science). The results of this research will reveal whether Amplified
Assistance with learning, mastery-based learning, or the combination of these
core U-Pace components are responsible for the greater learning and
greater academic success associated with U-Pace instruction. This
research will also determine whether all students benefit from U-Pace
instruction and whether improvements in U-Pace students' perceptions
of control over their learning mediate student outcomes.
With support from EDUCAUSE, funded through Next Generation Learning
Challenges, we have seeded U-Pace introduction to psychology courses
in three public universities. In addition, we have provided U-Pace
training to instructors from 20 additional colleges or universities.
Evaluation data from this first wave of adopting institutions will determine
whether the technology-enabled U-Pace instructional approach is
effective across institutions, LMSs, and student populations.
The findings on U-Pace have been published in the peer reviewed journal,
EDUCAUSE Quarterly and presented at the following high profile conferences.
Reddy, D.M., Fleming, R., Pedrick, L.E., Ports, K.A., Barnack-Tavlaris, J.,
Helion, A., & Swain, R. (2011), “U-Pace: Facilitating academic success for
all students,” EDUCAUSE Quarterly, Vol. 34, No. 4.
Fleming, R., Reddy, D.M., & Pedrick, L.E. (2012), “Comprehensively
Documenting Learning: Measuring Psychological Mediators of Mastery,”
EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative Annual Meeting, Austin, TX.
Reddy, D.M. (2011), “Meeting Student Needs with Innovative Digital
Solutions,” National University Telecommunications Network Conference, Fort
Reddy, D.M., Fleming, R., & Pedrick, L.E. (2011). The U-Pace Instructional
Approach: Greater Student Learning through Student-Centered Online
Instruction, Best Practices in the Teaching of Psychology Conference,
Reddy, D.M., Fleming, R., Pedrick, L.E., et al. (2012). U-Pace Instruction
Produces Deep Learning in Academically Underprepared Undergraduates,
Innovations Conference, Philadelphia, PA.
Pfeiffer, H. (graduate student), Lafleur, R. (graduate student) Jirovec,
D. (graduate student), et al. (2012) “Effect of U-Pace Instruction on
Student Success” Association for Psychological Science Annual Conference,
in Chicago, IL.
Reddy, D.M. (2012). “Advantages to Using an Evidence-based Approach
in Designing Online Instruction and Evaluating Student Outcomes,”
American Psychological Association Symposium, Orlando, FL.
Reddy, D.M., Fleming, R., Pedrick, L.E., et al., (2012) “The Results
of a Randomized Controlled Study of U-Pace Instruction,” Nineteenth
International Conference on Learning, Institute of Education, University
of London, London, UK.
Millichap, N. Stevenson, K., Varma-Nelson, P., & Reddy, D.M. (2012)
“Spreading Innovations for Student Success: Three Next Generation
Learning Challenges Projects,” Sloan-C International Conference on
Online Learning, Orlando, FL.