How Adaptive Learning Technology Reshapes Learning
We all want the best for our children.
Parents are always thinking of how best to support their child’s learning so that they can be ready for the future while teachers are always thinking of how they can help as many students to blossom as possible.
The challenge is, how well do you know each child?
Now, imagine that every child is able to get attention from a qualified teacher anytime, anywhere to work on their problem areas. Adaptive learning technology is turning this into reality.
What is Adaptive Learning?
Imagine 2 men, Gregory and Henry, who are wondering if they have contracted Covid-19
Gregory decides to visit a GP. The GP checks him for symptoms, asks Gregory to visit him again in 3 months and then sends him home to rest.
Henry, on the other hand, checks himself into a hospital. The staff tends to him personally. Whenever symptoms are detected, the hospital immediately alters his medication and care. Due to this quick intervention to meet Henry’s needs, his situation remains under control.
By the time Gregory realizes that he has pneumonia, it might already be too late to go to the hospital. If only Gregory had the system of continuous monitoring and care, the results could be so much different.
The same principle applies to Education as well. Think about testing any child’s understanding only at the middle of the year. How many learning gaps would be accumulated by then?
Just like a good doctor, adaptive learning helps to continuously measure each child’s efficacy and changes its content accordingly to fit their learning needs. Every child goes through an individualised learning path so that they have an equal opportunity to shine and achieve their maximum potential.
How does Adaptive Learning work?
EdSurge did a research to understand on how adaptive learning tools changes a child’s learning experience and they have categorized them into 3 ways:
- Adaptive Content
- Adaptive Assessment
- Adaptive Sequence
Let’s take a look at what each of them mean.
Tools with adaptive content monitor students’ responses within an activity or a task, and respond with feedback and hints to correct their misunderstanding. Sometimes they may also break the task into its components, without changing the overall sequence of the tasks.
Tools with adaptive assessment change the questions a student sees. If the student struggled with the previous question, the difficulty gets easier. If the student answered the previous question accurately, the difficulty increases.
Tools with adaptive sequence continuously collect and analyze student data to decide what a student will do next. It is able to vary the type, as well as the order of the content that is presented to the student.
At Practicle, we focuses on using adaptive assessment and sequencing to help primary school children master Mathematics.
Why Choose Adaptive Learning
Every child is unique, with varying interests, abilities and talents. Adaptive learning is that one size that fits all and this is important for the learner from 3 perspectives: Motivation, Learning, and Efficiency.
Maintain Motivation with Just The Right Difficulty
Problems that are too easy might bore the student while problems that are too difficult demoralizes them. Adaptive systems are superior to fixed systems in maintaining this flow dynamically.
When learning is seen as achievable, learners feel encouraged to progress at their own pace regardless of their competency.
Master New Concepts Easily
When we learn, we are not really “absorbing new information”, but rather we are building upon our existing knowledge with new knowledge. For this to happen optimally, it is critical that the new knowledge falls within the reach of the student’s current ability (Zone of Proximal Development). Adaptive systems continuously adapt the sequence of problems to enable optimal learning in children based on their own abilities and experiences.
When learning makes sense, learners are more open to learning and have a much easier time to get the hang of it.
Increase Time Efficiency
Adaptive systems help learners optimize their learning paths and speeds up the rate of knowledge acquisition, saving both learners and teachers time and energy to focus on other life priorities.
The Time for Adaptive Learning Technology is Now
As we step into the fourth Industrial Revolution, adaptive learning offers a lot of answers to Education that is traditionally only a dream. Don’t be afraid to try it out and experience a better way of learning.