What Is Adaptive Learning
Adaptive learning is the use of computer software (aka online homework systems) which “adapt” the presentation of the content according to the unique needs of each learner as indicated by their responses to questions, tasks and experiences. As a result, students receive an individualized education experience, so they can achieve measurable learning outcomes and experience learning satisfaction.
Why Use it?
The software algorithms used in adaptive learning software track your students’ learning activities and determine the next step in content based on their response to previous activities embedded in the content. Thus, adaptive courseware is providing customized or individualized learning experiences in addition to content recommendations. In other words, the adaptive learning software is customizing the content and assessment based on the gaps in the content. It also provides ways for the instructor and student to track their progress.
You may consider using adaptive courseware to track how your students are understanding their course content, gain a better understanding of your students’ content comprehension, and improve the effectiveness of your course content.
Example CSU Faculty Using Adaptive Learning Courseware to Support Student Instruction
A few Adaptive Learning Options
- Cengage – MindTap
- CogBooks - CogBooks
- Knewton - Alta
- Lumen - MyOpen Math
- Lumen - Waymaker
- MAA - WeBWork (CSU project in process).
- Macmillan Learning – Sapling Learning
- McGraw Hill – LearnSmart and others
- NROC - EdReady
- Pearson – CourseConnect
- Wiley - WileyPlus
The CSU Affordable Learning Solutions initiative is not only dedicated to providing students with lower cost alternatives to course materials, but also providing affordable ways to take advantage of the latest learning innovations. Adaptive courseware is an important piece of the broader affordable landscape that helps to ensure CSU students have access to every resource that supports enhanced student learning.