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Learning Customized to fit the way you Learn

Dr. Connie Johnson – Provost and Chief Academic Officer

Adaptive learning is where we bring technology into the classroom. The technology adapts to where the student is with their knowledge. So for example, a student might be in a math class and they know fractions, and adaptive learning would not bring that fraction content to them. So adaptive learning does just that, it’s personalized learning. It allows that student to either jet through that content quickly if they need it, or also to go at a slower pace and take more detail if they need it. It really does adapt to what the student knows.

Dr. Chris Davis – Vice Provost 

When we began adaptive learning, we started with a very small group of pilot faculty and we said this is a big experiment. And so we engaged from the beginning to say, “How do you use this technology,” “how do you integrate it in your teaching and learning in a way that’s going to be effective?”

Dr. Connie Johnson – Provost and Chief Academic Officer
The faculty think that adaptive learning is a phenomenal tool for the classroom because imagine a classroom full of students. This allows a faculty member to then know where each student is in the learning continuum for their particular subject. So it allows faculty to really teach to the subjects that students need as opposed to just providing a lecture to a whole group of students. We also have student feedback that the students actually really liked the tool because it allows them to focus on that information that they just need to know.

Dr. Chris Davis – Vice Provost

Also part of what it’s doing is building their confidence because they get that feedback that says “this is what you know,” but they also get the coaching “here’s where you need to work, here’s what you need to improve on,” and it’s personalized to them. So it’s like having your own personal tutor to help you with your student success and so it creates more engagement for the students as well as greater learning