The NROC Project (NROC), formerly known as the National Repository of Online Courses and Monterey Institute for Technology and Education, was founded in 2003. NROC was a pioneer in the development and distribution of Open Educational Resources (OER).
2003 – 2012
NROC created HippoCampus.org, a popular OER application used by millions of teachers, instructors, and students.
Following the success of HippoCampus, NROC developed Algebra 1 — An Open Course. This two-semester course was developed to introduce learners to mathematical procedures, reasoning, and critical thinking. The course’s production was prioritized because students’ ability to master algebraic concepts is correlated with their academic persistence and success.
Next, NROC built Developmental Math — An Open Program. This course was designed to support students who are striving to meet basic college entrance requirements. The course includes an adaptive pre-assessment that personalizes a student’s path through arithmetic, beginning and intermediate algebra, and statistics, geometry, and trigonometry topics.
Finally, NROC designed Developmental English, an Integrated Program. This course compresses the standard developmental English curriculum, enabling learners to make predictions about their reading, analyze rhetorical structures, build vocabulary, and improve writing mechanics.
Both the Developmental Math and Developmental English courses prepare students for college-level coursework, eliminating the costs associated with remediation and dramatically improving student persistence and completion.
In 2012, work began on EdReady, an adaptive learning platform that NROC launched in 2014. The Algebra 1, Developmental Math, and Developmental English course content became the curricular underpinning of EdReady.
EdReady has been adopted by districts, systems, and states to personalize math and English instruction and to empower data-driven, student-success decisions. To date, EdReady has been used by millions of students.