Connecting Ed-Tech with Education.
Adaptive Learning is an approach to instruction gaining a lot of traction thanks to recent attention from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. The approach uses technology and data to customize education programs to the learning styles of individual students.
The promise of Adaptive Learning is “personalized learning,” where a data-driven method leads to customized student interventions intended to improve performance and rates of success. With Adaptive Learning programs in place instructors see each student as an individual with unique strengths and learning styles.
And the results speak for themselves. With Adaptive Learning programs, course pass rates have shown marked improvement; withdrawal rates have dropped dramatically; and graduation percentages are up.
As is the case anywhere technology has been used to address challenges in education, Adaptive Learning is a rapidly evolving sector, with many developers bringing exciting capabilities to market. One important consideration when evaluating an Adaptive Learning program is its “adaptivity.” At what stage and how frequently does the program evaluate student performance? And how sensitive is the program to different factors effecting performance? Acceptable answers to these questions will depend on the specific needs, vision and requirements of a specific institution and its population of learners.