Adaptive learning is one of those hot phrases currently being thrown about in the education space, but what exactly does it mean? In basic terms, adaptive learning means ensuring that every learner is able to fulfill his/her potential.
The concept of adaptive learning is to adjust the characteristics of the learning environment to meet the individual needs of students, making learning personalized by using data to tailor the path and pace of learning to the specific strengths and weaknesses of learners. Thus, learning materials can be changed at any time to adjust to a student’s performance. The main benefits of using adaptive technologies is creating a learning environment that is flexible, engaging, and efficient. And the Learning Management System is integral to this strategy.
With adaptive technologies, content can be created in different formats such as images, videos, attachments, audio clips, etc. People have different learning styles; some will learn better by reading about subjects, some by watching videos, and others by listening. These different learning styles suit different types of students. The ability to mix and match content suited for a range of different learning styles ensures that all learners are engaged during the learning process.
In addition, with adaptive learning technologies, learners’ answers can be analyzed in real time and the instruction can be adjusted accordingly. With this method, each student can work at his/her own pace to achieve the best possible academic outcome.
Adaptive learning allows for presenting information in the form of interactive exercises, which make students eager to learn. Student engagement tends to be higher when using adaptive learning technologies since students are interacting with learning activities that are presented at the right time and for the right purpose. Quizzes and assignments after each learning concept can help students identify which areas they need to improve in. Moreover, getting the right answers motivates and encourages learners to continue with the material, which will aid in achieving higher course completion rates.
Adaptive learning technologies use comprehensive data analytics and reports to demonstrate learning gaps in the class, enabling educators to modify class lectures to address areas of weakness or see where lessons can be improved. On the other hand, this also allows instructors to save time by not focusing too heavily on areas where learners are already proficient.
Adaptive Learning & the LMS
The best learning outcomes happen when adaptive learning technologies like ActiveTextbook are combined with a Learning Management System. Platforms like Moodle and Totara offer a central location to deploy content of various kinds – videos, audio, quizzes, forums, etc. – to keep learners of all styles engaged and interested. Additionally, an LMS encourages learners to collaborate and share resources.
An LMS coupled with an adaptive learning tool, like ActiveTextbook, is even more powerful. Working directly within the LMS, ActiveTextbook allows teachers to enrich textbooks with engaging interactive content helping students to actively participate in the process of learning. Learners can collaborate with others and the teacher within the books with the help of comment functionality and pace their learning using self-assessment tools. eLearning with a social aspect helps students to challenge, develop, acquire, and check ideas; and can also motivate one another to study and learn quicker.
This is a guest post by ActiveTextbook, an adaptive learning tool that takes learners from reading to interacting by allowing Instructors to enrich course materials with videos, images, audio clips, texts, attachments, and interactive widgets, encouraging deeper engagement with learning resources. To learn more about ActiveTextbook, visit www.activetextbook.com.
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