How does Knewton Alta compare to other adaptive courseware in higher education?

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Overview/Feature Knewton Alta Other Adaptive Courseware Non-Adaptive Courseware
Students begin on the assigned learning objective/topic

yes
Yes

All students start on learning objectives assigned by the instructor, and the adaptive experience delivers students additional help as needed.

no
No

Students must first work through a diagnostic or prerequisite assignment.

yes
Yes

All students receive the same static question set assigned by the instructor, regardless of their individual needs. There is no adaptivity within the questions or personalized support.

Continuous diagnosis of knowledge gaps based on student interactions

yes
Yes

Continuous diagnosis with every interaction informs a personalized path that includes assessments, instruction, and refreshers as needed.

no
No

There’s no continuous diagnosis; knowledge gaps aren’t identified, or they’re only addressed with periodic assessments.

no
No

There’s no diagnosis of student weaknesses or knowledge gaps.

Detailed answer explanations

yes
Yes

Students see detailed answer explanations for both correct and incorrect answers.


Sometimes

Answer feedback is often not provided; when present, it’s limited to basic explanations for incorrect answers only, often resulting in a penalty to students.


Sometimes

Answer feedback is sometimes provided, but is static, and explanations are often limited.

Integrated (just-in-time) instruction

yes
Yes

Integrated multimodal text and video instruction are delivered just in time within the adaptive experience based on student need.

no
No

Instruction isn’t integrated within the adaptive experience; students must self-select and access their e-text.

no
No

Relevant instruction isn’t delivered just in time to students and must be self-selected.

Prerequisite content and remediation delivered in adaptive experience

yes
Yes

Refreshers are delivered as needed based on student interactions and continually diagnosed knowledge gaps.

no
No

There’s no remediation in most cases; when present, it’s dependent only on knowledge gaps from pre-tests and periodic assessments.

no
No

All students receive the same content and experience, regardless of their individual needs.

Instructor analytics

yes
Yes

You can access actionable data that includes performance data, learning pattern insights, and test readiness metrics.

yes
Yes

There’s performance data and topic summaries at the student, class, and objective level.

yes
Yes

There’s performance data and topic summaries at the student, class, and objective level, but not based on personalized learning.

Predictive analytics

yes
Yes

New test readiness metrics reveal the connection between homework and assessment and allow instructors to easily identify at-risk students PRIOR to their exam.

no
No

Analytics include gradebook performance data, time on task, and topic-level summaries, but no predictive analytics.

no
No

Analytics include gradebook performance data, time on task, and topic-level summaries, but no predictive analytics.

Corequisite content for math

yes
Yes

Alta courses with corequisite support include additional prerequisite learning objectives integrated into the table of contents for instructors to assign, providing an environment for students that builds foundational skills.

yes
Yes

Corequisite versions of courses are available.

yes
Yes

Corequisite versions of courses are available.

Affordability

$39.95 per semester

Ranges from $30 – $99 per semester

$50 and up per semester

Available courses

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