Sound Pedagogy Promotes Student Success
The core of the Odysseyware® online learning program is a robust course library of standards-aligned, dynamic and pedagogically sound curriculum. The curriculum is designed to empower students to build proficiency, achieve content mastery, and engage in rich and challenging real world applications.
Evidence-Based Instructional Approach
The most effective and well-researched instructional principles are incorporated into our curriculum to provide an engaging and personalized learning environment for students. Odysseyware lessons share the following characteristics of research-based best practices and standards-based instruction:
- Learning outcomes are defined by standards-aligned learning objectives
- Lessons are divided into small learning units each with clearly defined objectives
- Lessons may be customized by the teacher and individually assigned
- Learning materials are identified and appropriate instructional strategies employed
- Each unit includes formative and summative assessments that measure the student’s entry level knowledge and developing progress
- Students receive immediate feedback to act as reinforcement and motivation
Our instructional designers leverage the Gradual Release of Responsibility model, emphasizing the development of logical learning paths that initially present learners with big-picture concepts and rich background knowledge. The model is then designed to systemically drill down to more granular, essential, and supporting standards, with generous opportunities for practice, deeper learning, and proof of mastery.
Using the Understanding by Design model of Wiggins and McTighe, along with models researched by Marzano, we develop courses using backward design with the outcomes in mind. The standards-aligned lessons, projects, and instructional tools establish the goals of the activity, provide background knowledge, present the learning objectives in a larger context, and introduce key academic vocabulary to prepare students for learning.
Vocabulary words are selected based on academic and cross curricular word lists, as well as from the content area. Students interact with multiple representations, supporting best practices for vocabulary acquisition, such as audio definitions, vocabulary games, and interactive vocabulary supports and visuals.
Meeting the needs of all Learners
The curriculum is intentionally designed to be flexible in meeting the needs of all learners including struggling students, students in special education, English Language Learners, and students needing remediation or enrichment.
Embedded formative and summative assessments, scaffolded supports, and a balance of instructionally appropriate text and media elements, such as video, provide students with multimodal instruction to address diverse learning styles. Each video also includes a transcript that can be translated into 23 different languages.
The Odysseyware lesson design fosters ongoing collaboration between learners and teachers, enabling students to progress and practice at their own pace and receive support and guided instruction as needed. Teachers can also customize content to address specific learning goals and adjust instruction based on real-time reports that show how students are progressing through the material.
Engaging Multimedia Elements
The Odysseyware software uses engaging multimedia to support student learning across content areas. Direct instruction videos are 2-5 minutes in length, and students have the control to fast-forward, rewind, pause, and replay as many times as they want. Examples include interactive lab activities and inquiry-based science videos that provide students with real-world learning experiences using scientific principles.
ASU Research Report
A report authored by Arizona State University’s Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College showcases how Odysseyware puts into practice the most effective and best researched instructional applications of digital learning, especially when implemented in a blended learning environment.