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Building with Knewton: 5 Real-World Examples

Posted in Adaptive Learning on March 25, 2014 by

One of the best parts of being a technology platform in the edtech industry is seeing firsthand the incredible innovation in the space. Our partners are constantly finding ways to improve the content, pedagogy, and user experience of their apps.

Partners can implement recommendations and predictive analytics in a way that best serves their students and instructors. It’s exciting to watch their visions come to life as they develop products using the Knewton API.

Building Something New

Some partners are taking advantage of Knewton’s infrastructure to integrate adaptive learning into brand-new digital learning products.

Triumph Learning, for example, is building Get Waggle — a competency-based, CCSS-aligned product for grades 3-8 with some fun engagement elements, like a “lift meter” which shows students their progress around skills, standards, and goals, while also rewarding grit and performance.

Foreign language publisher Lelivrescolaire is working with Knewton to build an adaptive mobile French grammar app for middle school students, featuring a personalized study center. Lelivrescolaire is leveraging Knewton’s partnership with Gutenberg Technology, an end-to-end digital publishing platform, to seamlessly integrate Knewton recommendations.



Publishers like Cambridge Learning and Macmillan Education are also using Knewton technology to build new digital products; stay tuned for updates!

Integrating with Existing Products

Other partners are using Knewton to enhance proven solutions. In Pearson MyLab with Knewton Adaptive Learning, students in reading, economics, math, and writing courses use an “Adaptive Study Plan” to suggest what to study next, in addition to an existing syllabus. See how it works.


In Pearson Mastering with Knewton Adaptive Learning, students follow a manually assigned assessment with an “adaptive follow-up” assignment — a dynamic set of activities to help in specific areas. This is an innovative new strategy for science education; Mastering includes courses in chemistry, biology, physics, anatomy & physiology, and other subjects. Watch how it works.

Another existing integration is Houghton Mifflin Harcourt’s Personal Math Trainer Powered by Knewton, a Pre-K-8 automatic intervention and acceleration tool that uses Knewton to create a progressive, personalized learning experience. Personal Math Trainer helps teachers emphasize depth of understanding and problem-solving skills in the classroom.



Students and teachers are using some of these products today. Others are still being built. Many others haven’t been publicly announced yet. For those that have been released, we’re paying close attention to feedback from students and teachers. Pedagogy, user experience, content — these are our partners’ areas of expertise, and the decisions made in these arenas are theirs and theirs alone. But we’re eager to learn more about how personalized recommendations and predictive analytics work best for different populations of students and teachers, and to apply these insights in ways that benefit the whole education ecosystem.