Our research and product teams are proud to announce that Mosaic™ by ACT® Adaptive Academic Learning has earned the Research-Based Design product certification from Digital Promise. The product certification—which is active for three years—is a rigorous and affirmative signal for district and school administrators, educators, and families who demand that educational technology (edtech) products are based in research about learning.
Learning is a complex process. The journey from introducing new concepts to mastery can be a long one and is influenced by many cognitive and affective processes. Students often encounter challenges as they work to learn new content. They may have difficulty differentiating what they already know versus what they still need to learn, experience frustration with course content that is either over-challenging or underchallenging, and struggle to remain engaged for long periods.
Many learning tools are ineffective in meeting these needs. And our product team is dedicated to designing and providing educators and students with engaging tools that can help them to learn efficiently and effectively.
Our research team submitted Mosaic by ACT Adaptive Academic Learning for consideration after a deep dive into the research-based tools incorporated in the platform such as retrieval practice, spacing, and interleaving. We also included a Theory of Action where we articulated a working model of how and why the design of our learning environment and solution accomplishes its intended goals and improves user outcomes.
Digital Promise launched the Research-Based Design product certification in February 2020 and has certified only 43 products to date. This puts us in an early and elite category of adaptive learning products grounded in the science of learning. The Research-Based Design product certification uses a competency-based learning framework, developed in consultation with Digital Promise’s Learner Variability Project advisory board, expert researchers in the Learning Sciences field, and nearly 50 educators across the United States.
We are proud to participate in the program launched by Digital Promise and look forward to meeting this and more industry standards for years to come—all backed by the research expertise and authority for which ACT is well known.
Thank you for being part of our Adaptive Academic Learning community. We strive to tailor the Mosaic by ACT solution to your needs and deliver an even better experience for your students. Know that your feedback and engagement are major drivers for future enhancements.
If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to reach out to our support team by clicking the orange “Help” button on the home page of Mosaic by ACT.