Davidson Next: Scaling AP Instruction to the World
Guest Speaker: Daniel Seaton
The Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) movement–which has typically focused on independent, online learners–has additional opportunities to reach students and teachers in traditional classrooms. Through a unique collaboration between Davidson College, the College Board, and edX, we report early findings of a teacher-led model utilizing open online materials in Advanced Placement (AP) classrooms – referred to as the Davidson Next project. Content produced by Davidson Next for the edX platform aims to increase mastery of challenging concepts in AP Calculus, AP Macroeconomics, and AP Physics. From the summer of 2014 to present, Davidson Next content has been delivered to high school teachers and students in three distinct phases: 1) Pilot: a program prototyping content with teachers and students in North Carolina high schools, 2) edX: an open online release of content through edX.org, and 3) CCX: a program centered around a new custom-courses tool (CCX) that offers private instances of MOOC material to teachers for use with students. We report on each phase of the Davidson Next project, providing metric comparisons such as enrollment and usage across each phase, and offer preliminary findings indicating our content benefits student performance both in-class and on AP exams.