Thursday, June 14, 2012

How to improve student achievement through adaptive learning and lecture capture technologies

Teachers know that every classroom is made up of students who learn at a range of paces. They also know how challenging it can be to individualize their curricula as a result.

That's why adaptive learning has received increased attention over the past couple years. Adaptive learning is an educational method for culling information on students' strengths and weaknesses, which teachers can then use to adapt their teaching to suit each student's learning pace and needs.

We listened to some of our peers' perspectives on adaptive learning and saw some of the latest technology developments happening in the space at Post University's Online Learning Conference 2012.

Mark Nestor, Associate Provost and CIO for the University of the Sciences, presented on why adaptive learning is a missing link in our overall efforts to improve education. He talked about how adaptive learning gives students and teachers more time to deeply engage and interact with one another -- a crucial part of improving student achievement.

Josh Robinson, Account Manager for Knewton, followed up by sharing how his company is partnering with Pearson to improve student achievement through adaptive learning as well as lecture capture technologies. The companies are combining Knewton's Adaptive Learning Platform with Pearson's educational content to create a "Knowledge Graph." The system helps determine what concepts students need to learn before they can progress to others.

It was an insightful session on how to improve student achievement, so if you missed it, take a look at the video recording for all the details.