When you look back at history, all the great moments that defined the human race were about education – Greco-Roman civilization, the Renaissance, the Industrial Revolution. I’m convinced that we’re on the verge of the fourth big revolution.
-Jose Ferreira, Knewton Founder & CEO
Education is right now undergoing a monumental shift, from the one-size-fits-all factory model to a digital, personalized model.
Knewton is at the forefront of this change.
The Knewton Adaptive Learning Platform is a recommendation engine that powers third-party learning solutions.
Knewton is a technology company that uses data to continuously personalize online learning content for individual students. Knewton analyzes data about the performance of each student and similar students on the platform, as well as the relevance of the educational content, in order to serve up the best activity for each student at a particular moment in time.
The platform is continuously adaptive, meaning it responds in real time to each student’s activity on the system and adjusts to provide the most relevant content. The platform refines its recommendations through network effects that harness the power of all the data collected, for all students, to optimize learning for each individual student.
Some Knewton recommendations are straightforward: having trouble with algebraic expressions involving fractions? The platform may serve up a video lesson on how to multiply fractions. Other times the recommendation may veer seemingly off-course: struggling with a uniform rate word problem? The platform may recommend a reading comp exercise – having determined that weak critical reading skills are more likely at fault than gaps in math knowledge. Ultimately, what may at first seem like a diversion will help speed each student’s progress toward overall learning goals.
The more a student uses Knewton, the more targeted and effective the recommendations become. The platform can track student performance for the duration of a student’s academic career, bridging knowledge across multiple disciplines and courses in order to further improve recommendations and support a more well-rounded learning experience.
No concept is learned in a vacuum; concepts depend on and build off one another. A student must know how to write the letters of the alphabet before he can compose words; he must understand ratios before he can tackle algebraic expressions. Knewton recommendations are made possible by cross-disciplinary knowledge graphs, which map relationships between all the concepts in a course at the most granular level possible.
Currently we are working with exclusive partners, but soon it will be possible for anyone – publishers, instructors, app developers, and others – to use the Knewton toolkit to create continuously adaptive courses or integrate Knewton adaptive learning into any existing course solution or education product.
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