The benefits of intelligent adaptive learning

As many school districts make the move to intelligent adaptive learning, administrators, teachers and parents may be wondering why this new instructional technology is becoming more popular. While school districts have a variety of reasons to use adaptive learning programs – from saving money to helping students who are struggling with math – there seems to be one constant across state lines: Its ability to personalize learning.

As a result, computer-aided learning isn’t just a passing fad, it’s becoming a nationwide movement. While each type of adaptive learning program functions differently, the end goal is always to improve students’ comprehension.

“The crux of this is the adaptive technology, a system that works with the students and grows with the student,” Sandra Schamroth Abrams, an assistant professor in the school of education at St. John’s University, told The New York Times.

Benefits to intelligent adaptive learning:

Allows students to work at different paces
Think back to when you were in elementary school and most classrooms were constructed in the same way: The teacher stood up at the front, lecturing about new material, while students of varying academic abilities sat in rows of desks and attempted to digest everything all at once. When instruction is constructed in this way, all students are expected to learn at the same pace, even if they shine in different subject areas. This makes it difficult for teachers to give struggling learners the extra time they need while simultaneously challenging high-achievers and gifted students. With adaptive learning technology, students’ answers are analyzed in real time and the software adjusts instruction accordingly. In this way, kids are able to work at different paces and achieve the best possible academic outcomes.

Frees up time for one-on-one instruction
Speaking of blended learning, when adaptive learning programs are implemented in this way they are able to free up time for teachers to give students one-on-one instruction. Not only does adaptive learning software customize the presentation and pace of new material, but it also constantly monitors and analyzes students responses, giving teachers access to invaluable data. This data gives teachers insight into whether or not students are truly grasping new concepts, and whether particular kids in their classrooms could benefit from one-on-one instruction. This individual attention can take place while other students are working with computers, or through the implementation of a rotational model of blended learning.

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  • Margo McCann

    Nowadays I think children and parents having the option of adaptive learning is great. Students learn at all different paces and have all different skill levels and having different options for them, as a teacher, makes my job a little easier. Thanks for the post!