April 25, 2019
Most of the publicized examples of adaptive learning focus on its use in improving student outcomes in STEM courses, but some universities are seeing promising examples in the humanities as well. For example, the University of Mississippi Department of Writing and Rhetoric is using adaptive learning to help first-year writing students grasp rhetorical concepts.
March 12, 2019
A new initiative is targeting failure rates in foundational courses–a major cause of college dropouts–by giving scalable, high-quality support to colleges and universities seeking to improve student retention. Every Learner Everywhere is supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and aims to increase the number of institutions using adaptive learning to improve course outcomes and graduation rates.
February 25, 2019
A root cause of college dropouts is the high failure rate in foundational courses, prompting a new initiative, announced Wednesday, aimed at creating a national network for education groups to collaborate on adaptive learning solutions.
February 26, 2018
During Friday's Bowling Green State University Board of Trustees meeting, it was revealed that interim President Rodney Rogers has been elevated to the permanent post of president. Megan Newlove, chairman of the board of trustees, announced that the board decided to promote from within when selecting the university's 12th president. "We believe the best person to lead the University is already in place. Please join me in welcoming Dr. Rodney Rogers, a BGSU alumnus, as the University’s 12th president," she said in a letter to alumni and friends.
December 11, 2017
Knewton, a pioneer in adaptive learning technology, will launch its first direct product for higher education in January. Previously the company provided the technology behind several other companies' adaptive learning products, but now Knewton is changing its strategy and selling its product to colleges directly. The name of Knewton’s proprietary offering hasn't been announced, but it has been piloted at more than 150 institutions, the company said. The product, described as a complete textbook replacement, began piloting early this year and was tested in beta in 2016. Using open education resources, Knewton offers courseware that both instructs and assesses students using adaptive learning technology.
November 17, 2017
Personalized learning, which tailors educational content to the unique needs of individual students, has become a huge component of K–12 education. A growing number of college educators are embracing the trend, taking advantage of data analytics and artificial intelligence to deliver just-right, just-in-time learning to their students. Data-driven insights are becoming integral to business and financial decision-making by institutional leaders, and educators are quickly finding ways to leverage analytics to increase student retention. Applying data analytics to adaptive learning programs is proving to be another smart application. In adaptive learning, educators collect data on various aspects of student performance — from engagement with course content to exam performance — and tailor material to each student’s knowledge level and ideal learning style.
June 28, 2017
The idea that the adoption of digital instructional technologies will lag without faculty buy-in is becoming widely accepted by college administrators and (smart) vendors alike. So, too, is the reality that professors are unlikely to buy in unless they are can be persuaded that a particular piece of software or digital course content will help them teach, their students learn, or both.
June 6, 2017
Think of the typical college student. For many, the thought conjures a tableau of young adults strolling a leafy quad. They bask in the freedom of student life as they ease their way into adulthood. The real world awaits them. Think again. While this picture may have been broadly representative of college students in generations past, it’s badly outdated for today’s students. College students are now more likely to work, have family commitments and come from low-income backgrounds than in earlier generations.
April 24, 2017
The Association of Public and Land-grant Universities this week introduced a new online course that seeks to help college administrators design and use proactive student advising systems. Such systems attempt to nudge more students toward graduation and often include the use of technology, such as predictive analytics. Creating a high-quality proactive advising approach can be costly and complicated, said APLU. To help colleges get it right, the group's six-lesson, self-paced course draws on the experience of veteran college administrators.
July 20, 2016
Last week the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) announced seven universities will receive grants to use adaptive courseware in an effort to achieve higher completion rates at lower costs. Over three years, each institution will receive $515,000 “to adopt, implement and scale use of adaptive courseware in high-enrollment, blended learning courses in multiple departments and programs to improve student success,” according to Meaghan Duff, executive director of APLU’s Personalized Learning Consortium (PLC). The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF) is funding the grant.