Waymaker

  • Lumen Learning

Waymaker combines OER with personalized learning tools to provide affordable and effective learning materials.

Waymaker combines open educational resources (OER) with personalized learning tools and analytics to provide students with affordable and effective learning materials. Waymaker provides instructors with easy to use tools to better connect with and help students and identify trouble spots. At just $25, Waymaker offers curated, customizable, outcome-aligned OER content with text, video, assessments, simulations, and other interactive learning activities along with resources such as automated messaging tools and personalized study plans. Outcome analytics reveal underperforming content that Lumen improves regularly in order to increase efficacy and strengthen learning.

Starting price
$21 - $60
Per Student, Per Semester
Free Trial
Inclusive Access Available
Need Based Scholarship

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The $25 fee may be paid by students or by the institution directly. Lumen also offers flexible payment options to fit varying administrative and funding processes.


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10/01/2020
Last evaluated
Reviewed with Rubric v1

Overall

Last evaluated
Reviewed with Rubric v1

Overall

Waymaker provides inexpensive and easy-to-use OER content for multiple content areas that easily integrates into an LMS. Waymaker includes opportunities for self-check, faculty messaging, and personalized study plans, as well as a collection of support materials. This tool directly helps students as they are engaging with course material while giving faculty data to facilitate structured support of students.


Waymaker is built on OER, making it an affordable option. This platform provides a suite of tools and resources to support the content. The ease of integration into the LMS allows for quick customization and minimal learning for faculty.

Waymaker provides many choices and a great deal of content. Teaching with Waymaker the first time will take time to determine how much of the content and resources to use.

Last evaluated
Reviewed with Rubric v1
Last evaluated
Reviewed with Rubric v1

Overall

Waymaker provides inexpensive and easy-to-use OER content for multiple content areas that easily integrates into an LMS. Waymaker includes opportunities for self-check, faculty messaging, and personalized study plans, as well as a collection of support materials. This tool directly helps students as they are engaging with course material while giving faculty data to facilitate structured support of students.


Waymaker is built on OER, making it an affordable option. This platform provides a suite of tools and resources to support the content. The ease of integration into the LMS allows for quick customization and minimal learning for faculty.

Waymaker provides many choices and a great deal of content. Teaching with Waymaker the first time will take time to determine how much of the content and resources to use.

Last evaluated
Reviewed with Rubric v1

Equity

4 / 5
Total Equity Rating
Existence and quality of product attributes that promote equitable outcomes for African American/Black, LatinX, Indigenous/Native American, Asian American, Pacific Islander and Southeast Asian, and Alaskan Native students, poverty-affected students, and first-generation students.

Waymaker has integrated equity-focused language and images across most course materials. The ability to easily adapt material and add or remove content allows for the ability to ensure faculty that their courses are equity-minded. By definition, low cost and free materials create equitable access to learning by reducing cost.

The integration of equity-minded language and representation is not equal across all content areas.

Equity

4 / 5
Total Equity Rating
Existence and quality of product attributes that promote equitable outcomes for African American/Black, LatinX, Indigenous/Native American, Asian American, Pacific Islander and Southeast Asian, and Alaskan Native students, poverty-affected students, and first-generation students.

Waymaker has integrated equity-focused language and images across most course materials. The ability to easily adapt material and add or remove content allows for the ability to ensure faculty that their courses are equity-minded. By definition, low cost and free materials create equitable access to learning by reducing cost.

The integration of equity-minded language and representation is not equal across all content areas.

4 / 5
Total Equity Rating

Design
Language
Learning Activities
Outcomes
Student representation
Student supports

Efficacy

5 / 5
Total Efficacy Rating
Existence and quality of research that supports a product's effectiveness in improving student learning outcomes.

Waymaker has conducted research that shows the power of OER to address challenges around student success and retention. Other campuses will be able to learn from their case studies.

Case studies and research could be further disaggregated to give a better picture of the impact on specific populations.

Efficacy

5 / 5
Total Efficacy Rating
Existence and quality of research that supports a product's effectiveness in improving student learning outcomes.

Waymaker has conducted research that shows the power of OER to address challenges around student success and retention. Other campuses will be able to learn from their case studies.

Case studies and research could be further disaggregated to give a better picture of the impact on specific populations.

5 / 5
Total Efficacy Rating

Case Studies
Evidence Across Institution Types
Research design support
Rigorous Methodologies
Third-Party Efficacy Research

Functionality

4.5 / 5
Total Functionality Rating
Existence and quality of product attributes that relate to instructional design and user experience.

Waymaker integrates with an LMS, making it easy to adopt, edit, and customize. Waymaker integrates the benefits of OER with the materials faculty need to easily adopt new curriculum. The ability for faculty to provide feedback and contribute to the content of Waymaker courses is a plus.

There is a great deal of content available. A faculty member must be proficient with the LMS to use most of the features effectively.

Functionality

4.5 / 5
Total Functionality Rating
Existence and quality of product attributes that relate to instructional design and user experience.

Waymaker integrates with an LMS, making it easy to adopt, edit, and customize. Waymaker integrates the benefits of OER with the materials faculty need to easily adopt new curriculum. The ability for faculty to provide feedback and contribute to the content of Waymaker courses is a plus.

There is a great deal of content available. A faculty member must be proficient with the LMS to use most of the features effectively.

4.5 / 5
Total Functionality Rating

Adaptivity
Collaboration
Customization
Enables evidence-base teaching practices
Learner Guidance
Measurement and Structure
Usability

Systems Capabilities

5 / 5
Total Systems Capabilities Rating
Technical components that indicate systems compatibility, ease of implementation, and data management capabilities.

Waymaker is highly customizable and adaptive, allowing for a personalized learning experience using the content deemed important by the instructor. The ease of integration into the LMS makes for ease of use for the instructor.

Campus-wide data is not clearly available. If a faculty member is not proficient with their LMS, this platform will be challenging to use.

Systems Capabilities

5 / 5
Total Systems Capabilities Rating
Technical components that indicate systems compatibility, ease of implementation, and data management capabilities.

Waymaker is highly customizable and adaptive, allowing for a personalized learning experience using the content deemed important by the instructor. The ease of integration into the LMS makes for ease of use for the instructor.

Campus-wide data is not clearly available. If a faculty member is not proficient with their LMS, this platform will be challenging to use.

5 / 5
Total Systems Capabilities Rating

Content Management
Course Administration
Data Access

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Support

Email for Faculty
Email for Student
In-Person Faculty Training/Onboarding
Instructional Design / Course Development Services
Phone for Faculty
Technology/Platform Integration
Text/Chat for Faculty
Text/Chat for Student
Virtual Faculty Training/Onboarding
Courses

Introductory Accounting
Introductory English Composition
Introductory General Biology
Introductory Psychology
Introductory Sociology
Macroeconomics Principles
Marketing Principles
Microeconomics Principles
Disciplines

Biology
Business
Economics
English
Psychology
Sociology
LMS Integrations

Blackboard
Brightspace
Canvas
Moodle
Standards Integrations

IMS Global LTI Tool Provider
Product Features

Formative Assessments
Hints and Feedback
Interactive
Native Learning Activities
Native Learning Content
Native Learning Outcomes
Progress Tracking (Instructor)
Progress Tracking (Student)
Summative Assessments

How CourseGateway Reviews Products

Reviews are established through an evaluation process applied to each courseware product.

How CourseGateway Reviews Products

Reviews are established through an evaluation process applied to each courseware product.