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Please join us for the Adaptive Learning Open House on May 9 and 10 in the Memorial Union Horizon Room. Join colleagues to learn more about adaptive and personalized learning tools and to explore the possibilities for teaching and learning at OSU. Register today

Note that in-person attendance is strongly recommended. For those working remotely, the event will be live-streamed and recorded.

Schedule for Monday, May 9

8:25 am — Kickoff and welcome message to providers 

OSU leadership will welcome the adaptive learning providers who are joining us for this event.

8:30 am-10:30 am — Adaptive Learning Provider Fair

Similar to a conference vendor area, the OSU community is invited to visit individual adaptive and personalized learning providers at tables to engage in one-on-one conversations, see the adaptive learning platforms close-up, pick up business cards and literature, and ask questions.

10:30 am-11:00 am — Short break to prepare the room for individual demos 

11:00 am – 4:15 pm Individual 30 Minute Provider Demos 

  • 11:00 am — Brightspace D2L  
  • 11:45 am-12:15 pm — FlatWorld

12:15 pm – 1:00 pm Break 

  • 1:00 pm — Acrobatiq
  • 1:45 pm — Cerego
  • 2:30 pm — Cogbooks
  • 3:15 pm — McGraw Hill Learnsmart
  • 3:45 pm — McGraw Hill ALEKS

Schedule for Tuesday, May 10 

8:10 am — Day 2 Kickoff and welcome 

8:15 am – 11:45 am Individual 30 Minute Provider Demos 

  • 8:15 am– Macmillan Learning Curve
  • 9:00 am– Pearson MyLabs, Mastering, and Revel
  • 9:45 am — LoudCloud
  • 10:30 am — Lumen Learning
  • 11:15 am — SmartSparrow

Noon – 1:45 pm Luncheon and Panel Discussion

Please join us for a luncheon panel discussion. (Virtual attendance is also possible; the luncheon discussion will be streamed and comments/questions from virtual attendees will be facilitated.) Participating in the panel will be the following:

  • Lois Brooks, Vice Provost for Information Services and Chief Information Officer
  • Dave King, Associate Provost of Outreach and Engagement
  • Susana Rivera-Mills, Vice Provost for Undergraduate Studies
  • Kathy Becker-Blease, Oregon State University Assistant Professor of Psychology
  • Phil Hill, Co-Publisher of the e-Literate blog, Co-Producer of e-Literate TV, and Partner at MindWires Consulting

Register today and be part of the conversation. We look forward to this exploration and discussion!

If you have ever taught a class and found that students are coming into the course with very different skill sets or gaps in their understanding, then you might want to explore Adaptive and Personalized Learning platforms (APLs).

Adaptive and Personalized Learning platforms attempt to address this issue by providing customized learning opportunities to students.  APLs can be both adaptive and personalized. The terms adaptive and personalized are often used interchangeably, but there are some subtle differences.

“Adaptive Learning: The application of technological tools that provide students with a customized experience based on their progress and previous accomplishments with the materials, practice activities, and assessments. Students are presented with more, or less, challenging items as they interact with the materials and respond to questions.

Personalized Learning:  Similar to the term adaptive learning, personalized learning has been broadly used to describe a flexible approach to educational activities that can be tailored to meet the needs of individual students. This term is also used to describe learning environments that allow students to create their own paths to achieving learning outcomes. This can include choosing from among multiple types of interactions, activities, modes of delivery (e.g., online, blended, in person; video, audio, text), and even assignments.”

Source: Pendergast, A. (2015, April 13). This is how we do it: Defining personalized, adaptive learning. Acrobatiq. Retrieved from http://acrobatiq.com/this-is-how-we-do-it-understanding-common-terminology-and-how-its-applied-at-acrobatiq/

Most APLs provide instructors and students access to analytical data so that both can see where students are making progress and identify areas where they are not. The data can help the instructor identify areas that are confusing to the student or where the student needs extra reinforcement on an individual rather than a class level.

One way APLs are being used in the classroom is to help students catch up in areas where they are behind or don’t have the basic knowledge needed to succeed in the course. For example, a student coming into a biology course may not have all the science background they need, or maybe you have a returning student who hasn’t taken a math class in while. An APL is designed assess where the student’s gaps are and creates a learning plan that help fill in those gaps without the student having to repeat information they already know.

APLs are also being used as a way to enhance teaching of the course content itself. Instructors create scaffolded learning sequences that assess where the student does or does not understand the material and the instructor can then design lessons that help the student understand the more troublesome topics.

APL platforms are designed to customize your course content to each student’s learning. APLs are one tool to potentially help instructors “flip” their classroom; that is, students review the content at home and work through the adaptive or personalized learning, which helps them pinpoint areas they have trouble understanding. The instructor can then use the analytics to determine what needs to be addressed in the class lecture time.

You can learn more about APLs at the OSU Adaptive Learning Open House on May 9 & 10. More information about the event is available on this blog.

Here are a few sources to help familiarize you with APLs:

Culatta, R. (2016, March 21). What are you talking about?! The need for common language around personalized learning. Educause Review. Retrieved from http://er.educause.edu/articles/2016/3/what-are-you-talking-about-the-need-for-common-language-around-personalized-learning

Feldstein, M. (2016, March 16). Personalized learning vs. adaptive learning. [blog post]. E-Literate. Retrieved from http://mfeldstein.com/personalized-learning-vs-adaptive-learning/

Feldstein, M. & Hill, P. (2016, March 7). Personalized Learning: What is really is and why it matters. Educause Review. Retrieved online at http://er.educause.edu/articles/2016/3/personalized-learning-what-it-really-is-and-why-it-really-matters

Personalized learning. EDUCAUSE library. Retrieved from https://library.educause.edu/topics/teaching-and-learning/personalized-learning

And some videos…..

Bass, R., Wilson, T., Crow, M. M., Alexander, B., Wiley, D., McCarty, S, & Denley, T.  (2016, March 7). How do you define personalized learning [Video file]? Educause. http://er.educause.edu/multimedia/2016/3/video-how-do-you-define-personalized-learning

Hellinger, M. (2012, December 2017). The 5 essentials for personalized learning [Video file]. Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=neOsHOGuKNk&nohtml5=False

LearnLaunch. (2013, February 15). The future of adaptive learning [Video file]. Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lGCidf-0fGM&nohtml5=False

Prince, K., (2104, November 26).  A vision for radically personalized learning [Video file]. TEDxColumbus. Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y9ZX9ApLLh0&nohtml5=False


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Save the date! Mark your calendars for the upcoming Adaptive Learning Open House, May 9 and 10, in the MU Horizon Room.

Leading providers of adaptive and personalized learning platforms have been invited to campus for an Adaptive Learning Open House on May 9 and 10 in the MU Horizon Room. The detailed schedule is being finalized, but please mark your calendars to save these dates. You’ll have opportunities to see provider demos, talk one-on-one with providers, and attend a luncheon and panel discussion about what the future might hold for adaptive learning at OSU.

What is Adaptive and Personalized Learning?

Basically, adaptive learning providers offer tools that develop personalized learning paths intended to help students learn and master course material. Those pathways are determined based on how students interact with digital courseware and adjust to student needs as they work through the content. Some platforms come with content-rich courseware, others come with starter content and the capability to add more, and others are platform-only, allowing instructors to create personalized learning paths entirely with their own course materials.  Educause’s 7 Things You Should Know about Personalized Learning is a helpful introductory resource.

What is the purpose of the Adaptive Learning Open House at OSU?

In short, to learn more about adaptive and personalized learning tools and to explore the possibilities for teaching and learning at OSU. Your feedback is needed as we consider these questions:

  • To what extent do adaptive learning platforms improve student success?
  • Can adaptive learning platforms help instructors spend less time on rote teaching tasks and more time on higher-impact interactions with students?
  • Do we want to use this kind of teaching and learning technology at OSU, and if so, what is the best way to proceed?

A more detailed schedule will be distributed in the coming weeks. Stay tuned for more details to come. Questions? Email shannon.riggs@oregonstate.edu.


Lois Brooks, Vice Provost for Information Services and Chief Information Officer

Dave King, Associate Provost, Outreach and Engagement

Susana Rivera-Mills, Vice Provost for Undergraduate Studies