The Virtual Learning Lab is using Algebra Nation as the initial test bed for its research. Algebra Nation is a free site designed to help students pass an end-of-course exam (EOC) in basic algebra. Launched in 2013 by the University of Florida’s Lastinger Center for Learning and Study Edge in response to a mandate that all Florida students must pass algebra, Algebra Nation was quickly adopted by teachers looking for innovative instructional resources. It is now used in every district in Florida, and is expanding into other states.

The VLL is developing a personalized version of Algebra Nation by mining the records of over 200,000 students who have already used the site, developing indicators of engagement during learning, and designing professional development to help teachers use the personalized version effectively.
A future randomized control trial will compare the EOC test results of students who use the personalized version of Algebra Nation with those of students who use the standard version.

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