The just-released 2017 Horizon Report from the New Media Consortium identifies adaptive learning technologies as one of the most important developments in technology for higher education. The report notes that adaptive learning technologies “can adapt to a student in real time, providing both instructors and students with actionable data. The goal is to accurately and logically move students through a learning path, empowering active learning, targeting at-risk student populations, and assessing factors affecting completion and student success.”
To raise campus awareness of adaptive learning technologies and their potentials, last spring OSU held an Adaptive and Personalized Learning (APL) Open House featuring 12 adaptive software providers and hosted an Adaptive Learning Systems Workshop with Arizona State University adaptive learning expert Dale Johnson. OSU is now in the first year of a multiyear grant from the Assoc. of Public and Land-Grant Universities to accelerate the adoption of adaptive learning technology.
Are you interested in finding out more about the possibilities for adaptive learning in your online and hybrid teaching? Suggested resources:
- View recordings of demos by each of the providers at last spring’s Open House on the APL Task Force blog.
- Learn about evaluating and implementing adaptive courseware from Dale Johnson’s workshop slides.
- Check out two excellent resources for faculty and universities considering the adoption of adaptive courseware: the Courseware in Context (CWIC) framework and EdSurge’s Higher Ed Product Index to search for, learn about and evaluate digital courseware.
- Read EDUCAUSE’s 7 Things You Should Know about Adaptive Learning.
What sorts of potential do you see for adaptive learning technologies in your teaching?