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How LMSs Can Promote Adaptive Learning in the Classroom

How LMSs Can Promote Adaptive Learning in the Classroom

Author: Jody Waltman

In this lesson, you will learn about the key ways in which learning management systems can assist in adaptive learning for students with diverse needs.

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In this tutorial, we'll learn how a learning management system can promote adaptive learning in the classroom. We'll begin by discussing how we can use any learning management system to promote adaptive learning. And then, we'll take a closer look at how an adaptive LMS can help meet diverse student learning needs.

Let's get started. First, how can we use any learning management system to promote adaptive learning?

First, we can be sure to use our LMS to organize course content into individual lessons that cover particular concepts within a unit or a chapter. Once we've organized our course content into these basic lessons, we can then use a variety of content types to present information in a robust way. For example, we can use multimedia presentations, animations, interactive digital tools, along with more standard text and graphics, to present the content.

Also, be sure to use the LMS to include frequent formative assessments throughout the lesson or unit. The result of these formative assessments can help us to determine the appropriate instruction or intervention for each individual student according to their own level of mastery.

If you're learning management system is an adaptive one, then you have even more options for addressing diverse student learning needs. For example, you're adaptive LMS may allow you to incorporate project-based authentic learning experiences for students. They may provide options for individual learning based on student needs. These adaptive LMSes often include media-rich content that is especially helpful for accommodating learners who have difficulty with reading and language skills.

Data collection is integrated within these adaptive learning management systems. We are required by law to frequently monitor the progress of these students, so incorporating an adaptive learning management system makes it easier to align these students' learning experiences with their IEP goals and their 504 plans.

In this tutorial, we learned about some key ways in which any learning management system can help us to promote adaptive learning in our classrooms. And then, we identified some of the elements of adapting learning management systems that make them especially well-suited for meeting diverse learning needs.

Here's a chance for you to stop and reflect. If you work with students who are on IEP plans or 504 plans, can you see how an adaptive learning management system might help you to track their progress and meet their needs more effectively? To dive a little deeper, and to learn how to apply this information, be sure to check out the additional resources section associated with this video. This is where you'll find links targeted toward helping you discover more ways to apply this course material.

Thanks for joining me today. Have a great day.

Notes on "How LMSs Can Promote Adaptive Learning in the Classroom"

(00:00 - 00:21) Introduction

(00:22 - 01:10) Using Any LMS to Promote Adaptive Learning

(01:11 - 01:57) Adaptive LMSs

(01:58 - 02:14) Review

(02:15 - 02:46) Stop and Review

Additional Resources

Analytics: getting helpful information out of an LMS

In this blog post, Michael de Raadt suggests that teachers, students, and institutions benefit from different types of analytical data from an LMS. He breaks down each type of data with an explanation of why it is useful. In addition, de Raadt provides a basic overview of how to collect that data from an LMS.

Using Learning Analytics to Predict (and Improve) Student Success

This paper includes a definition of learning analytics, how analytics are used in education, the types of analytical tools available, and how to use those tools to monitor and predict student performance. This article was written from the perspective of higher education; however, the strategies and principles apply to K-12.