Call for Participation: PSYC 1101 Affordable Adaptive Learning Pilot


Initial data from Affordable Learning Georgia’s Course Catalog Designators indicated a high potential for department-wide OER scaling in the highly-enrolled Introduction to General Psychology (PSYC 1101). In collaboration with the Regents Academic Advisory Committee on Psychology, Affordable Learning Georgia identified some barriers to adoption in Introduction to General Psychology at this scale. In order for PSYC 1101 courses across the system to implement more affordable materials, instructors needed:

  • Easy materials setup within the Learning Management System (LMS) to account for last-minute appointments and limited preparation time in some departments.
  • Interactive instructional materials which reliably guide learners in competencies related to the APA Principles for Quality Undergraduate Education in Psychology.
  • Personalized assessment materials with an automatic scoring system which can export to the LMS grade platform.  
  • Materials which fit the various approaches and focuses of different psychology departments to PSYC 1101, such as behavioral health, social psychology, and evidence-based practice.

To this end, Affordable Learning Georgia is exploring the use of Lumen Learning’s Waymaker Introduction to Psychology in Introduction to General Psychology (PSYC 1101), provided to students with a total cost of $25 per term.

Overview of Pilot

Participants will implement Lumen Learning’s Waymaker Introduction to Psychology within their Introduction to General Psychology (PSYC 1101) course. The only course design requirement is that Waymaker is implemented as part of the course; participants can still create, revise, and use their own materials, including their own assessments or department-wide assessments of student learning.

A $2000 stipend for each faculty member supports the extra time it takes to implement the materials, revise the structure of the course to include the materials, and create final reports at the end of Fall 2021. These reports will inform Affordable Learning Georgia on next steps in supporting adaptive learning with OER. With the course developed and implemented, faculty will then distribute a standard survey to departmental faculty to gather peer perceptions of the materials.

Apply Now

To apply, first read through the entire Call for Participation Document:

Call For Participation Form

Then, apply using this online form:

Online Application Form


  • October 26, 2020: Application Deadline
  • November 5, 2020: Notifications
  • November 18, 2020, 1pm-3pm: Online Kickoff Meeting
  • Spring and Summer 2021: Redesign, Waymaker implementation
  • Fall 2021: Implementation of Waymaker in course
  • December 20, 2021: Completion of Final Report