From Mass Production to Mass Personalization: Adapting the ASU Approach to First-Year Math

Wednesday, February 20 | 1:45PM–2:30PM PT | Pacific Ballroom C, Second Floor
Session Type: Breakout Session
Delivery Format: Industry and Campus-Led Session
Arizona State University changed its approach to first-year math in fall 2016. Faculty worked for nine months to design and develop the new approach, which included eliminating the developmental math course, implementing McGraw Hill ALEKS adaptive courseware, adopting a "stretch semester" model that allows students to take more time to complete the course, and adding more learning assistants to each classroom. These changes have helped faculty achieve a 20 percentage point gain in the student success rate over the past two years and enabled thousands of additional students to pass college algebra.

Outcomes: Understand the efficacy of true adaptive learning systems like ALEKS * Learn how best to implement adaptive learning on an institution-wide basis * Explore best practices for meeting the math coreq


  • Dale Johnson

    Director of Adaptive Learning Initiatives, Arizona State University
  • Douglas Williams

    Faculty, Arizona State University

Resources & Downloads

  • ELI Adaptive math course redesign slides

    Updated on 11/26/2019