Knewton is often confused with the many adaptive learning apps currently on the market. However, Knewton isn’t an app or just one adaptive course or lesson — it’s a platform that can personalize content and learning materials that others create.
Knewton provides an infrastructure platform, of which adaptive learning is one important component. The Knewton platform consolidates data science, statistics, psychometrics, content graphing, and tagging in one place, and allows for the consolidation and pooling of inferred student data. Analysis of these data allow Knewton to provide instructors with answers to questions like:
- Exactly what concepts does a student know, at exactly what percentile of proficiency? (Proficiency goes much deeper than a single test score, taking into account content difficulty, a student’s past and predicted future performance, and many other data points.)
- Was an incorrect answer due to a lack of proficiency, or forgetfulness, or distraction, or a poorly worded question, or something else altogether?
- Of all the educational goals facing a student across an array of courses or subjects, what should she focus on right this moment?
- What is the probability that a student will pass next week’s quiz, and what can she do right this moment to increase it? (A quiz is an arbitrary example here for a goal an instructor sets in place to observe what a student is learning.)
This infrastructure unlocks for the first time the vast quantities of data that students have always produced — data that make adaptive apps exponentially more powerful. Instructors can use this granular knowledge to better target class lessons and ensure that each student is getting the individual support and attention he or she needs.
Today, Knewton functionality includes pinpoint student proficiency measurement, content efficacy measurement, student engagement optimization, and concept-level analytics. We also provide scalability, distribution (if you have a great app, we’ll promote it to our partners), and network effects (the combined power of all the data helps each student learn each concept). And we do it without storing any personally identifiable information (PII) unless a student and parent wants us to have it.
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