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Precision Academics, at its core, is the practice of using digital data from student learning activities to inform and improve instruction. Just as the practice of precision medicine is being driven by extensive laboratory and clinical data that now can be parsed, mined, and focused into solutions for ever more finely grained categories of individuals – precision academics is technology-enabled, data-informed, and empirically-evidenced instruction.

During the 2018-19 academic year, the USG Precision Academics Workgroup will produce and promote activities to:

  1. Create awareness of the precepts, paradigms, and possibilities of precision academics.
  2. Develop an understanding of the emerging and exemplar practices and practitioners of precision academics.
  3. Foster discussion and discovery activities that develop an ability for USG faculty and institutions to adopt, adapt, and support precision academics designs and methods.

Upcoming Events

Spring 2019 – Date TBD: Webinar featuring Georgia Tech’s efforts around data-informed instructional design

Summer 2019 – Date and Location TBD: Chancellor’s Summit on Precision Academics

Past Events

Wednesday, November 7, 2018: Precision Academics - GSU Adaptive Implementation - (Play Recording)

Georgia State University is one of eight institutions that received a grant from the Association of Public Land-Grant Universities to explore adaptive learning at scale. Funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, with oversight from the APLU Personalized Learning Consortium, the three-year pilot explores adaptive learning courseware in high enrollment, high DFW courses. As related to the grant, this session covered the development, implementation, and results of the 2017-2019 shift to adaptive learning in GSU’s Global Issues course (roughly 2,500 students annually). Drs. Brown and Grussendorf explained their journey along the adaptive learning path, their full-scale launch of adaptive learning courseware (Realizeit), and their to-date findings in an ongoing academic study.

Tuesday, October 2 at 3PM: Webinar featuring a keynote from Dr. Tristan Denley, USG Chief Academic Officer (Play Recording)

Join USG Chief Academic Officer, Dr. Tristan Denley, in a webinar showcasing examples, exemplars and entrepreneurial efforts to apply the models and lessons learned from predictive analytics using end of course and term data to explore the potential of lesson-level data collected during a term.  This webinar is free and open to anyone interested in how data is informing innovations in postsecondary instruction and learning.

Links and Resources:

  • Increasing the Utility of Open Competencies: “Competency Catalyst”—a joint project proposal from the University System of Georgia, BrightHive Inc., and Credential Engine to pilot an automated approach to the mapping and linking of competencies to instructional content—was chosen as a winning proposal as part of the Department’s Reimagining Higher Education Ecosystem Challenge.

  • Inside Higher Ed on Precision Academics: Technology is enabling the rise of precision academics in higher education, writes Myk Garn, who describes the game-changing potential of mapping and coding the academic genome.

  • C21U Blog Post on Precision Academics: Matt Lisle (C21U) interviews Myk Garn (USG) on the precision academics workgroup activities.


Ed Tech Contact


Matt Lisle

Director of Digital Learning Technologies