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SAGE launches interactive, adaptive courseware for research methods

October 13, 2014

Educational Research Methods, powered by Acrobatiq, a learning optimization company from Carnegie Mellon University

Los Angeles, CA - SAGE is delighted to announce the launch of Educational Research Methods, powered by Acrobatiq. Designed for undergraduate and graduate students, the courseware provides students with a thorough understanding of qualitative, quantitative, and mixed methods as well as action research.

By combining the expert research methods content of SAGE authors with a course design based on a learning model developed by the scientists at Carnegie Mellon University, Educational Research Methods enables an active learning environment proven to positively impact student outcomes. With the goal of cultivating research methods skills, the courseware includes problem-based activities that follow a learn-by-doing approach, with targeted hints and feedback to support students’ learning. As students interact with the instructional content and activities, learning data is continuously collected, analyzed and reported to The Learning Dashboard™ giving instructors real-time insight into student learning so they can adapt their own instruction accordingly.

“At SAGE, our goal is to provide high quality, digital course solutions that enhance the value of the trusted, expert content we develop in partnership with our academic authors.  Acrobatiq’s evidence-based approach for course design aligns well with our mission at SAGE for driving successful student outcomes,” commented Michele Sordi, Vice President of Editorial at SAGE. “SAGE is delighted to partner with Acrobatiq and is confident that features such as the learning analytic dashboard, targeted feedback, and adaptive practices will enhance the educational experience for instructors and students.”

Educational Research Methods includes the following features:

  • Developed by a team of subject matter experts and Acrobatiq Learning Engineers, the course’s 14 modules cover key topics in education research such as “Planning a Research Study,” “Data Collection,” and “Evaluating Research Studies.”
  • As students progress through the course, student data are collected, analyzed and modeled to The Learning Dashboard™. Faculty can use the Dashboard to quickly assess students’ learning and progress, and adapt instruction to maximize student success.
  • Auto-graded practice with targeted feedback enhances instruction online and works much like a human tutor. Activities such as “Learn By Doing” and “Did I Get This” foster skill development in the context of how it can be applied in research.
  • Synthesis and application activities help students assess their own understanding of core concepts so that they can apply new knowledge to real-world research scenarios.

Established in 1965, SAGE has been deeply committed to the development of social science research methods since the publication of Quantitative Applications in the Social Sciences series known as the ‘little green books’ nearly 40 years ago.

“Our partnership with SAGE combines the highest quality authoritative and trusted content from SAGE authors, with our expertise in learning science, data, and technology to produce powerful new online learning solutions to support the instruction of educational research methods,” said Eric Frank, CEO of Acrobatiq.  “By combining our unique capabilities and shared commitment to improving learning outcomes, we can deliver highly impactful learning solutions that help students become better learners, and educators make more informed decisions about how to help students succeed.”

Educational Research Methods is optimized for mobile delivery, conforms to accessibility standards, and is LTI compliant enabling Single Sign On (SSO) with learning management systems such as Blackboard, Desire2Learn, and others.

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Join us for an information webinar about the courseware, Wednesday, October 15 at 12:30pm ET. Click here to register now.


Acrobatiq, a Carnegie Mellon company, is scaling the pioneering research in online learning from Carnegie Mellon University’s Open Learning Initiative (OLI) through its portfolio of outcomes-driven adaptive courseware. Acrobatiq optimizes learning with its evidence-based approach to course design that collects and models data to adapt instruction, that gauges student progress to make good decisions about where to focus practice, and gives faculty visibility into who is learning, who’s not, and where help is needed, all with the goal of enabling more students to succeed.

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