Adaptive learning provides personalized learning, which aims to provide efficient, effective, and customized learning paths to engage each trainee. Adaptive learning systems use a data-driven approach to adjust the path and pace of learning, enabling the delivery of personalized learning at scale.
How does it work?
System display content based on the performance of trainees and predetermined learning paths based on assessment data. As trainees progress through a lesson, they may see information presented in various ways, tailored to their learning needs. The systems “learn” from student interactions and then adjust the path and pace of learning.
Learner information/profile, behaviours, and performance benchmarks that can be used adapt a learning experience, e.g.
Performance: Was the correct or incorrect answer was provided? How has the learner done across a series of tasks/lessons?
Behaviours: How long did the learner take to complete the task?
Information: Learners can share how confident they feel in material, content type preferences, or personal data to alter what happens next.
The ways the lesson can adapt based on the learner’s performance. For example:
Real-time Feedback: Offer appropriate help when it is needed most, e.g. hints based on a shown misconceptions (as if students are being guided by a tutor looking over their shoulder).
Differentiated Pathways: Offer varying sequences of content to each student, e.g. provide extra help to a student for a particular concept before continuing to the next topic, fast-track advanced learners, or allow learners to decide what they’ll learn next.
How adaptive technology expands opportunities to learn
Learning has become a lifelong pursuit, both formally and informally. It comprises diverse learning experiences, including institution-based learning, online courses, continuing education, workforce training, and personal pursuits.
Designing adaptive learning experiences enables learners to continue their studies, receive feedback, and navigate difficult content even without direct or immediate access to an instructor. Furthermore, students are given an opportunity to own their learning process, explore unique learning sequences, and study at a comfortable pace.