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Adaptive Learning

Adaptive Learning

Author: Jody Waltman

In this lesson, you will learn what adaptive learning is, its key features, and why you might use it in your classroom.

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In this tutorial, you'll learn about adaptive learning. We'll define adaptive learning and identify its key elements. Finally, we'll discuss the benefits of adaptive learning that might encourage you to use it in your classroom. Let's get started.

Let's begin with a definition. Adaptive learning refers to using technology tools that create personalized learning pathways for students. These personalized pathways are created as a result of students' responses to questions. If a student responds correctly to a question, the next question is more difficult.

In contrast, if a student answers the question incorrectly, they may receive another question at the same level, or the level might be decreased and the student may receive additional support. Adaptive learning is based on the concept of mastery learning, with the goal of providing students the opportunity to master new skills at their own pace.

Adaptive learning incorporates several key elements. First, a variety of resource types are used for learning, including auditory, visual, and written resources for students who have those particular learning preferences. Adaptive learning provides immediate feedback to students. The technology immediately evaluates a student's response to a question and provides feedback and direction accordingly.

Adaptive learning is flexible since these technologies are designed to behave adaptively in accordance with student needs and performance. As a result, adaptive learning can help all students to reach their highest potential. Here are some of the benefits of adaptive learning.

First, the very nature of adaptive learning means that it is well suited for diverse student needs. Students come to school with vastly different background experiences, different levels of English proficiency, diagnosed and undiagnosed disabilities, and countless other factors. The ability of adaptive learning to personalize learning for each of these students and all of their unique circumstances is key in helping us meet the needs of all of our students.

In this tutorial, we defined adaptive learning and identified its key elements. We then discussed some of the benefits of adaptive learning. Here's a chance for you to stop and reflect. Would you like to incorporate adaptive learning technology into your classroom? Could you see the potential benefits for your students?

For more information on how to apply what you learned in this video, please view the additional resources section that accompanies this video presentation. The additional resources section includes hyperlinks useful for applications of the course material, including a brief description of each resource. Thank you for joining me today. Have a great day.

Notes on "Adaptive Learning"

(00:00 - 00:17) Introduction

(00:18 - 00:59) Definition

(01:00 - 01:37) Key Elements

(01:38 - 02:07) Benefits

(02:08 - 02:16) Review

(02:17 - 02:46) Stop and Reflect

Additional Resources

Adaptive Learning Theory: Are We There Yet?

This article by John K. Waters explores the different types of adaptive learning. Waters stresses that adaptive learning and personalization have been around longer than technology, and that there are strategies for adaptive learning with and without technology. Included in the article are helpful videos that explain the concept further.

Meet the Classroom of the Future

This blog post by William Huntsberry explores changes in the classroom as a result of blended learning and adaptive learning. It suggests that adaptive and blended learning may be useful strategies in keeping students engaged and motivated to complete their education.