Adaptive Learning Increases Student Success


Over the past few years, the coverage on ‘adaptive learning’ in higher education has steadily increased. This has become evident by the increasing number of vendors and publishers offering their unique flavor of “adaptive” learning. So much is expected of both educators and students. Classroom teachers need to make sure students of all skill levels are prepared to be successful now and in the future, while also ensuring they perform well on high-stakes exams. And students need to fully understand what they’re learning so they can build on that foundation and advance to more complex concepts in higher grades.

Nowadays, technology plays an integral role in teaching and learning, with the learning management systems already collecting information about student interactions. This information may be analyzed to understand student’s learning gaps and, with the use of specific learning tools, to define educational pathways that will help close those gaps. The goal of these assessments is to help students understand what is expected of them, chart their individual strengths and weaknesses in completing the given tasks, and then identify for themselves how they can improve.

A lot of field research reveals that adaptive e-learning has a real impact on students’ success. Considering the growing importance of adaptive e-learning solutions, there are a number of benefits to using adaptive learning systems.

  • Provides studentswith personal content recommendations based on their profile and the analysis of all learning experiences taken place using the same course content
  • Provides teachers and institutionswith invaluable insights on the efficacy of their learning processes and course content
  • Offers comprehensive eLearning analyticsallowing instructors to track student progress and development
  • All students get extra support in areas they might be struggling with, which can help improve performance and degree completion rates
  • Adult learners can receive credit for workforce, training, community, and prior education experiences, enabling them to move more quickly to new learning areas

Something else to consider is that students will be seamlessly ported over to a different environment other than the standard LMS to go through the course content. However, other course activities will continue taking place in the LMS; actions like submitting assignments, viewing grades and participating in a discussion forum will remain the same.

The successful implementation of personalized learning usually comes with a strategic shift. Some platforms have created multi-dimensional computer adaptive testing and analytics platforms, addressing the learning needs of the education industry.  The testing process is shorter, scores are more accurate, and decisions are more efficient than ever before with the use of artificial intelligence (AI). With the aid of AI, content creators and digital publishing service providers create valid psychometric test questions without human intervention ensuring that more than 99% of all test items in a bank are used. All of this will ensure learning success for future students.
Adaptive assessments can increase grade point averages, achieve course pass rates near 90% and boost retention by 10% or more. In a recent study on adaptive assessments, the pass rate recorded a 27% increase. The course retention rate rose about 9% to 95%, while the final grade average increased by 10%.

One of the most innovative opportunities for addressing student success and personalizing learning today is the use of adaptive assessments. Adaptive learning makes the student an active participant rather than a passive “member of the audience. The assessment allows educators to tailor the instructional experience based on a learner’s individual needs. The structured, individualized, and supported approach helps them see a clear and guided pathway to academic and career success.

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