The Future of Digital Education

A collection of podcasts and blog posts discussing the role of technology in education

March 2018

Blog Post

One Size Doesn’t Fit All – Adaptive Testing


Educators have always known that different students in their classes have different needs. One of their biggest challenges is how to meet the individual needs of each student while facing the inevitable constraints of time, money, and resources. If a student fails to learn one idea properly, it will have a large impact on their future learning, but with large classes and many concepts to teach, how can an instructor ensure that their students understand?


Accommodating for Large and Small Class Sizes – Jim and Matt (Part 1)

Dr. Matthew Demers joins Jim Cooper to discuss technology’s role in accommodating for large and small class sizes.

Dr. Matthew Demers is an assistant professor at the University of Guelph.  After completing his Ph.D. in mathematics in 2012, he was hired at the University of Guelph as a teaching-focused professor within the School of Engineering and received a grant with the goal of transforming the delivery of two major first-year calculus courses.  Currently under the Department of Mathematics and Statistics, he instructs many very large undergraduate classes centering on calculus and differential equations for physical science and engineering students.  Dr. Demers has received many accolades for his contributions to the university, being voted “Professor of the Year” by engineering students in five consecutive years, and being recognized with the prestigious “Innovation in Teaching” award by the University of Guelph Faculty Association in 2016. In the first installment of this 2-part podcast, Dr. Demers talks with Maplesoft CEO Jim Cooper about scaling instructional technology to work with different class sizes.