Just watched the short video outlining the main features of the Knewton adaptive learning system which claims to provide tailored online learning systems which take account of student progress and learning styles. This is clearly a direction that many HE institutions would like to pursue and I’m aware that much work is already underway.
What wasn’t so clear for me was whether the approach shared on this clip will work at scale (when dealing with cohorts of several hundred students), and how it will apply to higher education where the learning can require more reflective and essay type skills as opposed to the types of concept learning that may be tackled by younger (<18) students. I can see how this may work well in campus based settings, but am wondering how easily it will translate to large scale distance learning approaches where material is largely developed centrally and delivered via a VLE system, albeit with tutor support.
The personalised future is no doubt coming, even at HE level, and it will be a big step forward when it does, if it can deliver on the promises suggested here.