Report: Institutions must consider cost, access, quality of adaptive tools
- Tyton Partners' Learning to Adapt 2.0 report spotlights five factors driving the evolution of adaptive learning from an institutional and supplier standpoint.
- Among the things influencing the technology's evolution are approaches to large-scale integration, expanding uses for such tools, changing faculty roles, increasing popularity of competency-based education and the development of new features based on institutions' demands.
- According to eCampus News, the report also states adaptive learning success is dependent upon cost, access and quality.
Adaptive learning has been a hot topic in ed tech for some time now, but it has faced hurdles around scaling the tech beyond pilots, educator skepticism and concerns of being replaced by computers, and questions around what even constitutes an "adaptive" learning experience. Problems integrating the tech with learning management systems and other existing platforms have particularly slowed its adoption on some campuses, eCampus News reports.
Still, its range of uses — whether for general for-credit and non-credit courses or specific learning needs, or as a homework, practice, study, remediation or competency-based tool — gives it a fair amount of value. Institutions must, however, ensure faculty maintain autonomy as such tools are deployed, and carefully plan their rollouts for smooth adoption. According to eCampus News, many vendors are notably already keeping the former in mind with relevant features around collaboration, customization and content.
- eCampus News 5 ways adaptive learning is evolving
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