Online Learning Update

July 29, 2016

Failing Forward With Adaptive Learning in Higher Ed

Filed under: Online Learning News — Ray Schroeder @ 12:05 am

By George Lorenzo, EdSurge

Michael S. Conner, digital liberal arts specialist at Grinnell College, Conner tells EdSurge how the use of adaptive-learning tools offers extraordinarily promising results for more personalized learning and teaching experiences. However, “there is just not a lot of time for faculty members to explore using this, especially when the payoff is not guaranteed, and it (time put in for development) is not going to be considered as far as their performance and/or promotions reviews.” According to Karen Vignare, former vice provost at the University of Maryland University College (UMUC), the prospects for launching a successful adaptive learning and teaching environment requires the development of a solid learning plan, with faculty input; top-notch instructional design support; the utilization of subject matter experts; an appropriate amount of relevant course content, which oftentimes can come from open educational resources; and an understanding of learning technology interoperability.

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