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What Can You Discover from Adaptive Learning Technology?

Posted by Joe Clarkin on Apr 14, 2015 11:00:00 PM
Topics: K-12, retail technology, adaptive courseware

There is no one-size-fits-all in education. Each individual student has different strengths and weaknesses, and everyone learns at a different pace. These days, utilizing adaptive learning techniques has become easier than ever thanks to the presence of technology that adapts to its user. So what benefits does adaptive learning technology provide to both students and teachers? Well we've included an excerpt from an article that answers exactly that question below, but we would encourage you to read through the entire post in order to see all of the different ways you and your students will see a difference.

2. Teachers get data with insights into student needs.

It can be difficult enough to keep up with the various progress levels of a class full of students they see every day, so recognizing the progress of online students can seem downright impossible for teachers. Especially when the only communication they may have with students is via email and Skype.

Adaptive learning technology tracks what and how each student is doing so that teachers can keep up with each student’s progress. If one student’s acing everything they do, the teacher know don’t need any intervention. But another student who is having a hard time getting past one particular lesson could be a signal to teachers to offer help the student extra help.

3. It decreases the risk of students falling behind and giving up.

Many students in the United States fail to complete school. 7% of high school students drop outbefore graduation and nearly half of the students who start college don’t finish within six years. Many of those students who don’t make it to graduation day are the kind of non-traditional students attracted to online learning.

Students trying to balance college with other big life responsibilities are going to have a hard time keeping up with the work. If they fall behind or especially struggle to get past a particular hurdle, they’re more likely to give up. Adaptive tech can help them get past those hurdles with a little extra help, or can alert the teacher in time to step in, so those students are more likely to receive their diplomas.

4. It can make the already minimal interactions between faculty and online students more productive.

When students don’t have access to in-class time and office hours, making the most of any interaction they have with professors is paramount. Teachers don’t want to waste time on the stuff students already know, when what they need is specific help with this one thing that they just can’t figure out. The data produced by adaptive learning tech allows faculty to steer those conversations in the directions most important to helping the student succeed.

About Joe Clarkin

Joe Clarkin is a former copywriter at MBS. When he’s not working or studying, you’re most likely to find him reading a book or watching a game.

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