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What is Adaptive Learning?

Sometimes, learning can feel like a race where you always lose. There is always someone ahead of you, and no matter how hard you try, it may seem as if you can’t learn at the same speed your classmates do or achieve your full potential, even though deep down you know you can do better and more. The thing is, learning is not a race, nor is it a destination, but rather a journey we are all in throughout our lives. Though there may be some goals and stops during this journey, such as graduating high school, getting a college degree, or mastering a new skill at work, there is no one single way to achieve those goals, and there is nothing wrong with you if you can’t learn at the same speed others do or reach the same milestones.

 

learning is not a race, nor is it a destination, but rather a journey we are all in throughout our lives.

 

In many cases, our education system has failed to address the fact that we all learn in unique ways. Therefore, teaching must adapt to our needs and preferences to reach the aforementioned goals and discover our full potential at our own pace.

 

This is where adaptive learning comes into the equation. As we’ve mentioned before, adaptive learning can be defined as a technique for delivering personalized learning experiences that address the unique learning preferences of individuals through a data-driven approach that self adjusts the path and pace of learning, delivering tailored fit learning experiences at scale. Moreover, Adaptive Learning aims to end the one-size-fits-all approach to learning using technology and automation of tedious tasks.

 

Benefits of Adaptive Learning

Most of us grew up in educational environments where institutions used a linear approach to learning, whereby all students were taught the same content at the same speed and in the same way. However, research shows that adaptive learning has multiple benefits for students with special needs, such as those who have ADHD, as it creates a wonderful balance between repeating content enough times to challenge the student but not so much they get frustrated or bored. Other benefits of adaptive learning include:  

  • Adaptive learning helps students develop a growth mindset.
  • Personalized feedback helps students grow and gives them confidence.
  • Increase of knowledge retention and student engagement.
  • Avoid repetition of mastered skills, and focus on helping each student reach the next level when they are ready.
  • Students develop autonomy and take charge of their learning.
  • Personalized paths that adapt to students’ skills and preferences allow them to learn at their own pace and in the most beneficial ways to them.
  • Tests and questions that adapt to the student’s level help empower rather than discourage them.

 

research shows that adaptive learning has multiple benefits for students with special needs, such as those who have ADHD, as it creates a wonderful balance between repeating content enough times to challenge the student but not so much they get frustrated or bored.

 

What about teachers?

Adaptive learning has a plethora of benefits for students and lifelong learners, but it can also become the best tool for teachers and instructors. Some of the most important benefits include:

  • Data insights empower teachers and make designing tailored lessons effortless.
  • Better use of time, thanks to the automation of tedious tasks such as gradings tests and papers and reducing the course creation time.
  • Teacher-student interactions are much more productive thanks to the data that shows which areas students are struggling with and need help.

 

Teacher-student interactions are much more productive thanks to the data that shows which areas students are struggling with and need help.

 

Challenges of Adaptive Learning

As helpful as adaptive learning has proven to be, there are also several challenges which include:

  • Finding the right solutions for your institution’s budget and needs.
  • Getting teachers and students on board as their roles change significantly.
  • Dealing with large amounts of data.
  • Lack of evidence as adaptive learning is relatively new.

 

However, there is no need to get discouraged by these challenges, as choosing the right LXP or LMS can save you many headaches in your transition to this methodology. Furthermore, its benefits outweigh by far the challenges presented. In a world demanding new skills from students and workers, it is vital to be ahead of the game and use methodologies that ensure students can achieve their full potential and be ready for the future of work.

 

Basically, adaptive learning is the future of education. There is no denying that schools and universities that start to offer adaptive learning, and top of the line software, will both give their students a better chance to develop the skills they need to succeed in the 21st century and also have a tremendous advantage over the institutions that don’t offer this revolutionary way of learning.

 

Now the question is, how can you offer a state-of-the-art adaptive learning experience that adjusts to your budget and needs? CanopyLAB’s adaptive, social, and intelligent learning space uses Artificial Intelligence (AI) to understand the learners’ needs, skills, and preferences and uses this information for its AI-driven content authoring tool that assures that each course is modeled to create adaptive courses, making sure that every learner has a personalized and adaptive learning experience.

 

CanopyLAB’s adaptive, social, and intelligent learning space uses Artificial Intelligence (AI) to understand the learners’ needs, skills, and preferences and uses this information for its AI-driven content authoring tool that assures that each course is modeled to create adaptive courses, making sure that every learner has a personalized and adaptive learning experience.

 

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