Perceivant adds course to improve success of first-gen, low-income students

January 17, 2019

Perceivant, an education technology company that replaces traditional textbooks with cost-effective, interactive and data-driven learning experiences, today announces the addition the reMIND course to its product catalog. While the course is designed to improve the success of first-generation, low-income college students through the cultivation of non-cognitive competencies, it is also applicable to all entry-level undergraduates.

reMIND helps prepare students to navigate the college environment with a positive mindset, especially when faced with difficult obstacles on their path to graduation. The course is designed with a focus on first-generation, low-income college students who often face a unique set of challenges, including lack of knowledge of the college experience, guilt for leaving family behind, and management of finances.

reMIND educates students in seven key areas: confidence, resilience, self-advocacy, emotional intelligence, self-control, growth mindset and sense of belonging. The course is authored and designed by Kristin Taylor and Donn MacDonald, who have more than three decades of combined experience in coaching, learning development and instructional design.

“Many institutions invest in courses to educate first-year students on the importance of developing fundamental skills such as time management and goal-setting to succeed in college,” said Taylor. “However, these courses fail to develop a student’s belief system, which resides at the center of a student’s success. reMIND will enable universities to provide a more effective solution that successfully supports a student’s institutional experience, especially for those who statistically lag behind generation peers.”

reMIND is accessible on Perceivant’s innovative online courseware dashboard, which publishes and replaces traditional textbooks with more guided and interactive learning experiences for both web and mobile applications. Perceivant also offers the ability for institutions to decide the best method of implementation in either a classroom, online or hybrid setting.

Faculty instructing the reMIND course have access to Perceivant’s predictive analytics, providing real-time visibility into course engagement, student engagement and success. With the data, educators can determine course efficacy, predict student success and determine levels of student engagement across all course materials. Resources, such as pre-built modules, auto-graded labs, self-assessments and additional professor-approved materials, also allow educators to reduce time spent on administrative duties while maximizing teaching responsibilities.

“Adding reMIND to our product catalog is another way to further our mission of improving student engagement and retention at higher education institutions nationwide,” said Brian Rowe, founder and CEO of Perceivant. “We look forward to providing a unique course to students and universities that helps students hone essential skills while simultaneously creating successful learning environments for both the student and educator.”

Perceivant’s new courses are now available for faculty review and will be available for adoption in the spring 2019 semester. Each course follows a low-cost, high-efficacy pricing model that is customized based on the needs of each university. For more information on Perceivant and its products and services, visit www.perceivant.com.

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About Perceivant

Perceivant LLC is an educational technology company serving the higher education marketplace. Perceivant publishes and provides courseware that replaces traditional textbooks with cost-effective and interactive learning experiences for both web and mobile applications. Each course is accompanied by powerful analytics and real-time data to boost student engagement and provide educators with an easier, more efficient solution to analyze course efficacy. For more information on the company and its products, please visit www.perceivant.com.

About Kristin Taylor

After earning her master’s degree in counseling psychology more than two decades ago, Kristin Taylor immediately began working with clients to help them navigate through difficult life transitions. This lead to her serving as an academic success coach and developing an expertise in coaching “at-risk” students. Due to her results, Taylor has gone to manage and train coaches to do the same. Her approach is a creative amalgamation of her extensive background as a counselor, which is combined with a strength-based, solution-focused approach to student coaching that is profound, yet easy for all coaches to adopt.

About Donn MacDonald

Donn MacDonald is an instructional designer, learning strategist and certified coach with more than 13 years of creating, managing and consulting both small and large training programs. MacDonald has previously worked for Target, Amazon and Columbia Sportswear. Most recently, he served as the senior manager of training strategy and design for a nonprofit college success program in the Twin Cities. As a first-generation college himself, MacDonald believes deeply in the power of mentoring, coaching and use of multiple training strategies to make learning more relevant and sustained.