One of the most powerful tools that technology provides on the path to student success is data and analytics. Data allows institutions to better understand students, rethink systems, and create early-alert mechanisms to help students complete their degree. But finding the best way to use data and analytics can be tricky.
Dr. Connie Johnson is Colorado Technical University's (CTU) chief academic officer and provost, working with both online and ground degree programs. She has oversight of academic affairs, including faculty, curriculum, classroom experience, and accreditation. During her time at CTU, Connie has initiated adaptive learning technology implementation, effective leadership of academics, women's leadership, leading academics through change, and effective technology implementation in the online classroom including the promotion of academics, faculty and student engagement through social media.
Connie has served in higher education for over 30 years with experience in online and campus teaching, administration, and leadership. Additionally, Connie has extensive experience in regional accreditation, curriculum implementation, and faculty training and development. She is a trained peer evaluator and team chair for the Higher Learning Commission (HLC), has completed and served as a facilitator in the ACE Chief Academic Officer Institute, and is a member of ACAO (Association of Chief Academic Officers) Board of Directors. Additionally, Connie serves as a member of the Every Learner Every Where (ELE) Network. Connie’s area of research and scholarship is in the areas of adaptive learning and faculty implementation of digital tools. Her educational background includes a Doctorate of Education, organizational leadership emphasis (2010), and a Master of Business Administration in management (1991) from Nova Southeastern University; and a Bachelor of Science with honors in criminal justice from Florida State University.
Adaptive learning isn't easy to implement, but it can create new opportunities for instructors to reshape their approach to student success.
Colorado Technical University has learned important lessons over its multiyear process of implementing adaptive technologies. The application of those lessons has led to key improvements in the student experience and in student success through faculty engagement as the technology is used increasingly across the institution.