Adaptive learning – Knewton case study #LAK12

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.

About sharonslade

Dr Sharon Slade is a senior lecturer in the Faculty of Business and Law at the Open University in the UK working to support both tutors and students on Open University distance learning modules and programmes. Her research interests encompass ethical issues in learning analytics and online learning and tuition. Project work includes the development of a student support framework to improve retention and progression and the development of a university wide tool for tracking students and triggering relevant and targeted interventions. She led the development of new policy around the ethical use of learning analytics within the Open University, UK.
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