Discover Adaptive eLearning

Adaptive eLearning? Personalised instruction? Intelligent Tutoring Systems? Confused? Read on...
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The origin: Research in Intelligent Tutoring Systems and Educational Data Mining

Adaptive eLearning is a new learning and teaching medium that uses an Intelligent Tutoring System to adapt online learning to the student’s level of knowledge. Adaptive eLearning provides students with customised educational content and the unique feedback that they need, when they need it.

To understand where Adaptive eLearning came from, let’s look at the evolution of technology in education. A paradigm shift occurs with each introduction of enabling technology, resulting in a prevailing implementation.

evolution of adaptive learning. from MOOCs and LMS

Technology in education has evolved from Computer Assisted Instruction (CAI) in classrooms through web-enabled Learning Management Systems (LMSs) to the rapid ongoing development of Massively Open Online Courses (MOOCs). However, LMSs and MOOCs are – from a paradigm point of view – little more than enhanced delivery systems for traditional content. The impact on education increases sharply with the adoption of Intelligent Tutoring Systems technology.


So what is Adaptive eLearning?

Adaptive eLearning creates the best possible learning experience for students by emulating the talents of great educators. This is achieved by using technologies that adapt and shape teaching to the needs of the individual student.

Each student is unique, has varying levels of knowledge and learns differently. Our research, and that of others, has shown that student performance improves when online educational content is personalised.

At Smart Sparrow – Adaptive eLearning is not about some sort of magic, super complex, black box algorithm.

Instead – Smart Sparrow empowers educators with a suite of easy to use tools that allows them to create and teach with – rich, interactive, and adaptive educational courseware.

We believe that teachers should have complete control over their students’s learning experience.

Additionally, an Adaptive eLearning Platform provides teachers with a window into their students’ learning for the lessons they’ve created. Real time Learning Analytics provide actionable insights into what students know, what misconceptions they may have, and how they are interacting with content. This feature keeps teachers in control – and allows them to continuously adapt and improve their lessons.


And how exactly is the learning adaptive?

There are three levels of adaptivity that have been built into our platform in order to empower teachers – Adaptive Feedback based on what the student does and knows, Adaptive Pathways that offer varying sequences of content to each student, and the ability for an instructor to Adapt their Teaching – change the content based on an analysis of how their students learn.

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In a private lesson, the student’s experience is adaptive: the feedback they get and the learning pathway is unique to them. Smart Sparrow’s platform lets you create online courseware that is adaptive in the same sense a private lesson is.

1. Instant Adaptive Feedback

Students make mistakes: they forget what was said in the lecture, they confuse terms, they use the wrong formula. When this happens teachers provide feedback to students as they learn in order address a misconception. Adaptive eLearning systems allow teachers to do the same by providing instant intelligent feedback exactly when it is needed. Feedback can come in two forms:

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Teachers regularly adapt homework based on their students’ performance.

2. Adaptive Pathways

Each student is different. They learn at varying rates, have different levels of knowledge, and different misconceptions. Teachers need to cater to the individual student. For example, if a student already knows what they are doing they should skip ahead to a more challenging task, or if a student is struggling and missing some required knowledge then they should be directed to resources that help them understand that particular concept.

Adaptive eLearning systems lead students via different Learning Pathways. But content to students based on rules that the teacher controls – so that each student gets a customised learning path based on their demonstrated understanding to a set of questions.

3. Adapt your teaching

A good teacher adapts their teaching to their students. Every time a lecture is given, it’s an improved version based on past experience teaching that subject. Teachers regularly adapt homework and assignments based on their students’ performance. It’s all about continually learning how to teach better.

But once teachers are using technology, changing online educational content often involves the need to work with programmers, designers, and complex software systems. A truly Adaptive eLearning system has analytics tools that allow teachers to understand their students’ learning and then modify their online lessons accordingly using authoring tools. This empowers teachers with the ability to easily and continuously improve their content and teaching.

A better way to teach online

We believe there are three guiding principles that are crucial to delivering revolutionary online learning and teaching experiences:

Promote Learning by Doing
Be Intelligent and Adaptive
the Teacher
I hear and I forget, I see and I remember, I do and I understand. Confucius was right: Learning by doing is the most effective way to retain and apply knowledge.

It is time to break away from the tyranny of the LMS, the PDF and the MCQ (Multiple Choice Quiz) – online learning can and should be much more engaging. To promote learning by doing, we have reinvented the idea of education technology.

With the Smart Sparrow Adaptive eLearning Platform, you can create learning experiences that allow students to engage in authentic problem solving through rich simulations and interactive virtual worlds.

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Content should be smart. Feedback should be adaptive. Learning paths should be personalised to each individual student.
Just like like a private lesson - A private tutor knows their students and can find the best way to explain something to them. They can adapt the content, the questions and the tasks in a way that is unique to each student’s knowledge, capabilities, and learning style. When we talk about adaptive eLearning we’re talking about making online learning as adaptive and personalized as a private one on one lesson. Content should be smart, feedback should be adaptive and learning paths should be personalized to each individual student.
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Teachers must drive the show; with tools to create content, and analytics to understand how their students are learning.

In a world of increasing technological content, how do we keep teachers in control?

At Smart Sparrow we believe in empowering teachers, not replacing them - and that means three things: authoring tools - to change and adapt content, analytics - so that they can be informed about how their students are learning and collaborative environments – to make it easy to work with professional developers and designers and make truly interactive and beautiful content.

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