i-Pathways, a non-profit technology based High School Equivalency Test Preparation program, was developed in partnership between the Illinois Community College Board and the Center for the Application of Information Technologies at Western Illinois University.
i-Pathways provides adult education programs, companies, correctional facilities, county jails, organizations, libraries, and students with standards based instructional content aligned to the HiSET™, GED®, and TASC.
The Center for the Application of Information Technologies, chartered by the Illinois Board of Higher Education, was tasked to develop, deploy, and support online learning systems and applications for educational entities, businesses, public agencies, and not-for-profit organizations. Since it's inception in 1996, CAIT has successfully worked with a broad range of clients, including Fortune 500 corporations, non-profits, and governmental agencies.
In 2000, the Illinois Community College Board and the Center for the Application of Information Technologies at Western Illinois University partnered to plan, develop and deploy i-Pathways, a statewide online curriculum designed to provide adult education programs with the tools needed to integrate a distance learning option for adult education students as they prepared for their GED® tests. Since then, i-Pathways has grown from an Illinois statewide curriculum to a nationally deployed system used successfully throughout the country.
In order to develop the highest quality curricula and system, the i-Pathways Team worked with an advisory committee of over 40 members from the adult education field to ensure the system was instructionally appropriate, user friendly and intuitive. Master instructors from the adult education field developed educationally sound and creative ideas that were translated into a technology based learning environment. These innovative ideas were turned into research-based curricula with instant feedback exercises, practice questions, and comprehensive learning checks by the instructional, design, and technical staff at CAIT.