What it is
Personalized, adaptive learning is a computer-based / internet mobile device i.e an ipad, tablet, iphone etc.., online educational system that modifies the content and presentation of material in response to student learning style and performance. Basically, this means that according to how the student learns and performs, the learning system adapts to the student’s development scale and personalizes the learning process.
For example, if a student is doing well in Maths, then the system will learn that particular student’s pattern of development and find ways to enhance his or her potential in that course even further.
On the other hand, if a student is struggling in Maths, for instance, then the system will learn the student’s pattern and adjust according to his or her level and propose content and learning strategies that will improve her knowledge level and subject mastery. In addition, in both scenarios, the system will be looking for ways in which the student learns best (some of us, for instance, are more ‘visual’ learners) and would apply it into the student’s assignments and other school work.
How it works
Carefully selected tutors, screened on competence and selected on best fit criteria will be present in virtual online classrooms, monitoring the development of the small classes, or individual students in one-2-one classroom, as a whole and yet free to spend time with each student individually. The tutors would be freed to observe each student’s progress and to focus time and resources on helping students on a one-to-one basis, channeling their time and effort where it is needed rather than spreading them thin across the whole class. Whether an individual student is exceptionally strong or somewhat weak, he or she could be benefiting from that 1:1 interaction a great deal more.
A question that might rise out of Adaptive Learning is that, if the learning process is personalized, then how will the students of the same class gain the same amount of knowledge and still do well, without some students falling behind? As instructed by the system, the system is programmed with the individual student’s expectations, progress and outcomes. Since the learning is personalized, the system creates a distinctive study plan for each student to follow, dynamically adjusting it according to the her progress and learning profile, in order for each student to comply with the school’s expectations and meet the course outcome in a manner that allows her to learn effectively without falling behind.