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What is adaptive learning?

Adaptive learning is an educational method which uses computers as interactive teaching devices. Computers adapt the presentation of educational material according to students' learning needs, as indicated by their responses to questions and tasks. This model originates in the radical behaviourist movement of the 1950s and the unrealized promise of B.F. Skinner's teaching machines and programmed instruction. The motivation is to allow electronic education to incorporate the value of the interactivity afforded to a student by an actual human teacher or tutor. The technology encompasses aspects derived from various fields of study including computer science, education, and psychology.


Companies currently using adaptive learning technology

  • ALEKS Corporation - an online assessment and learning company
  • Carnegie Learning - a publishing company of math courses.
  • Dreambox -  an adaptive learning platform, with individualized paths for personalized learning
  • e Spindle Learning - non profit maintaining an online vocabulary and spelling coaching program based on adaptive learning
  • Grockit
  • Knewton, an online learning company, currently uses adaptive learning technology for its online test-prep courses and plans to apply it to a wide range of educational markets.
  • KnowRe, an engaging adaptive mathematics curriculum, provides granular assessments and an engaging and personalized learning environment.
  • Desire2Learn, a provider of integrated learning platform, offers Knowillage LeaP which creates personalized learning paths for any learner, using any repository of learning objectives, content, assessments and questions, which are automatically mapped.
  • McGraw-Hill Education, a content, software and services-based education company. In 2013, the company acquired the ALEKS Corporation and a 20 percent equity stake in Area9 Aps.
  • Pearson, an education company whose adaptive SuccessMaker software provides elementary and middle school reading and math instruction.
  • PrepMe, an online learning company, currently uses adaptive learning technology for test preparation, K-12 education, and professional development.
  • Sherston Software, a UK education software company, offers PlanetSherston, an adaptive learning platform.
  • iKnow, a social learning and community website, uses adaptive learning technology with the goal of increasing learning speed and retention.[18]
  • Smart Sparrow, has an adaptive learning platform that offers instructional designers and teachers integrated tools to create, publish and analyse their own adaptive content.



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Interdisciplinary Approaches to Adaptive Learning - A Look at the Neighbours - Stefan De Wannemacker (Editor); Geraldine Clarebout (Editor); Patrick De Causmaecker (Editor)
Call Number: UMCP Online Resources LB1028.3 .I58 2011
ISBN: 9783642200731
Publication Date: Communications in computer and information science, 126. Berlin ; New York : Springer, ©2011.
This book constitutes the refereed proceedings of the First International Conference on Interdisciplinary Research on Technology, Education and Communication, ITEC 2010, held in Kortrijk, Belgium, in May 2010. The 11 revised full papers presented were carefully reviewed and selected from 38 submissions. The papers address all current issues within the fields of computer sciences, applied linguistics, methodology, and educational technology with special emphasis on topics such as distributed decision support, agent based systems, heuristic optimization, heuristics for data mining, distributed search, pervasive learning, mobile learning electronic language learning environments, language testing, CorpusCALL, authoring systems statistical modelling, item response theory, data mining, electronic assessment adaptive and adaptable learning environments, instructional design, game-based learning, learner characteristics, mobile learning.

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Intelligent and Adaptive Learning Systems - Sabine Graf (Editor); Fuhua Lin (Editor); Kinshuk (Editor); Rory McGreal (Editor)
Call Number: UMCP Lib Folio LB1028.73 .I577 2012
ISBN: 9781609608422
Publication Date: Hershey PA : Information Science Reference, ©2012.
This book focuses on how intelligent support and adaptive features can be integrated in currently used learning systems and discusses how intelligent and adaptive learning systems can be improved in order to provide a better learning environment for learners

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Goals, Goal Structures, and Patterns of Adaptive Learning - Carol Midgley (Editor); Eric M. Anderman (Contribution by); Lynley H. Anderman (Contribution by); Martin V. Covington (Contribution by)
Call Number: UMCP McK Stacks LB1060 .G63 2002
ISBN: 0805838848
Publication Date: Mahwah, N.J. : L. Erlbaum Associates, 2002.
Presents a longitudinal study which uses goal theory as the lens through which to examine the relation among achievement goals: the learning context; and students' and teachers' patterns of cognition, affect and behaviour. The results are integrated into the larger literature on goal theory.


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