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CourseGateway Story

The need we saw


Today’s higher education system produces gaps in outcomes for racially minoritized students and students from low-income backgrounds. For many, the college journey ends prematurely, which is a loss for the students, their families, and their communities.


When implemented well, digital learning demonstrates the power to close equity gaps in gateway courses and throughout the curriculum. A crucial component of this process is building awareness and the adoption of high-quality, equitably designed courseware that can improve student outcomes. CourseGateway is a resource instructors can use to discover, evaluate, and select courseware products, allowing colleges and universities to implement courseware products based on emerging research and evidence of what works best for today’s students.

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Addressing the need today

CourseGateway is a trusted source of independently reviewed courseware product information. Each member of our Product Advisory Board was selected for their depth of experience evaluating and implementing courseware and other digital learning resources across a diverse set of institutional settings.

 

Better products. Better decisions. Better outcomes.

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Discover & compare courseware products

Explore products reviewed by independent evaluators.

Assist Faculty and Administrators

Help courseware decision makers save valuable time and effort.

Ensure Equitable Outcomes for Students

Promote student success in racialized and minoritized communities.

 

The path forward

Our work is just beginning. CourseGateway will be updated frequently, and enhancements are planned across several dimensions.

Breadth of products reviewed

Our primary focus is courseware that applies to gateway courses. However, we recognize that various types of instructional products are used broadly and can be important drivers of student learning. To provide further value to educators, as CourseGateway evolves additional product categories will be added to the platform. Related review frameworks will be developed to support the expanding product catalog.

Frequency of product reviews

Products are constantly evolving. That's why we have established a process through which products can be resubmitted by suppliers to CourseGateway for re-review after a material update or refresh. Our aim will be to publish new and updated product reviews frequently to ensure institutional users have up-to-date information during key adoption cycles.

Depth of product reviews

We recognize that adding course-specific content reviews will offer users even richer intelligence to inform their decisions. To support future updates, we are exploring ways to include reviews that illuminate the topics, sequences, and learning objectives within course-specific instances of featured products and related content.

Implementation of guidance

Results in the classroom are not solely attributable to the selection of a high-quality product that fits a given context. Effective implementation is key (and difficult). That's why CourseGateway is exploring how to best curate research, resources, services, and crowdsourced input to ensure you get the most out of courseware products.

Faculty and student perspectives

The more voices that contribute to CourseGateway, the better. That's why we are evaluating robust mechanisms for capturing faculty and student feedback on products and their implementation. The fusion of perspectives, from seasoned digital learning practitioners to faculty teaching gateway courses with featured courseware and students using those products, will create a rich set of data and insights supporting decision makers, institutional users, and suppliers.

CourseGateway Design Principles

These foundational design principles will be maintained as CourseGateway evolves in the months and years to come:

User-Friendly

Built to meet the needs of faculty, instructional designers, and administrators.

Relevant

Continuously updated in response to evolving market dynamics and product availability.

Inclusive

Created to achieve better student outcomes for historically minoritized and low-income students.

Trusted

A reliable arbiter of product quality measures and frameworks.

Transparent

Designed to establish trust and credibility across the postsecondary ecosystem.

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The Journey

As an initiative of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, CourseGateway was initially designed and developed by Tyton Partners.

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