Educators Recognized for Using Online Learning to Improve Student Achievement

Writing Space Efficacy

According to a 2013 AACU survey, more than 75 percent of employers say they want to see competency in graduates in key areas including: critical thinking, complex problem solving, written and oral communication, and applied knowledge in real-world settings. Since employers often express that many new workers are lacking in these areas, adequate preparation in the development of these skills is imperative for boosting students’ career prospects.

Pearson recently released its 2014 Writing Space Efficacy Implementation and Results Report, which features institutions and educators that have positively affected student performance after the implementation of Writing Space. Designed to help students master course content while developing critical thinking skills through writing, Writing Space provides a single place to create, track, and grade writing assignments, supply writing resources, and quickly and easily exchange meaningful, personalized feedback with students.

One of the institutions that was recognized is Houston Baptist University. Professors redesigned their General Psychology course by integrating MyPsychLab with Writing Space. After implementing MyPsychLab with Writing Space, average final exam scores increased eight percentage points. Frequent assessments and personalized learning helped students better prepare for exams. As a result of the implementation, students had multiple opportunities to write about course material, which helped improve their conceptual understanding while developing their critical thinking skills. Read the full report for more great examples.