We had the pleasure of working with Davidson College, in partnership with The College Board and MIT’s edX, on their innovative approach to redefine how high school students approach Advance Placement (AP) courses.
National data show that many students struggle to complete independent, college-level coursework, creating strong demand for innovative approaches to help students master challenging AP material and concepts. Traditional approaches can leave some schools behind because of faculty is not always trained in the best way to teach these courses, and an online only approach leaves some students behind because of the digital divide. Their approach was a hybrid approach between the traditional classroom teaching and fully online courses. That combined online and face-to-face instruction to create a blended learning format that is more effective than either approach on its own.
Our initial work with Davidson Next is a pilot program that has a series of 42 different videos that span over 3 different subjects, calculus, macroeconomics, and physics, with each subject being divided into twelve to fourteen different lessons. Each video teaches general concepts about the material, includes specific examples for each lesson, and provides questions for the students to answer. Because the videos needed to be informative, accurate and concise Davidson Next decided to bring in high school teachers who were experts in those individual topics.