Smarter digital tools that adapt to a learner as they progress through content hold great promise for ensuring that every learner reaches their full potential. Unfortunately, however, the exact definition of “adaptive" has proven hard to pin down, and many teachers, schools and districts face challenges in navigating the differences between the digital adaptive learning tools available on the market.
Open Ideas at Pearson has partnered with colleagues at EdSurge to develop a report which defines adaptive learning in plain terms, and opens the black box on the exact ways a tool can adapt to learners.
The paper also discusses the potential benefits and challenges of using adaptive tools in the classroom, and addresses emerging insights on the current state of the field, as well as what will be needed from industry and from teachers going forward.
As part of our work together, EdSurge has developed a companion Adaptive Learning microsite, which features an interactive decision making tool to help school leaders determine whether digital adaptive learning tools are appropriate for their students, given desired learner outcomes, and makes suggestions as to the category of tool that might be most appropriate for their learners.
This paper is published as part of the Open Ideas at Pearson series. The series features some of the best minds in education - from teachers and technologists, to researchers and big thinkers - to bring their ideas and insights to a wider audience.