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What We Do

The National Center for Academic Transformation (NCAT) works through a four-stage iterative process to advance the use of information technology in improving student learning and reducing instructional costs.

1. Proof of Concept:
NCAT creates and conducts innovative programs that use technology to improve learning and reduce costs in partnership with colleges and universities. The outcome of each effort is a proof of concept.

2. Analysis:
NCAT analyzes the results of these programs to identify and document specific techniques and practices that lead to success, to develop models for future practice and to learn what next steps are needed to scale the proof of concept.

3. Communication:
NCAT communicates these lessons learned by writing and speaking for professional and general audiences about successful patterns and practices that lead to improved student learning and reduced instructional costs.

4. Scale:
NCAT has worked with institutions, systems, districts and states to scale the proof of concept to impact greater numbers of students, faculty members and institutions and achieve significant educational change.  For example:

Feedback and Continuous Improvement:
NCAT then uses the feedback and experience gained in each stage of the process to create additional analyses and course redesign resources for colleges and universities to use to demonstrate new ways of achieving improved student learning and reduced instructional cost.

 

For further information, please contact Patricia Bartscherer, Program Manager.