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5 Signs You’re #ReadyforAdaptive

Posted in Adaptive Learning, Higher Education, Teacher Tools on March 28, 2017 by


1. You’ve seen vast variation in your students’ level of preparation for your course.

You know how this goes: your students are all at different levels and you have to teach to the middle. What if you didn’t have to do that anymore? How much better would the learning outcomes be?

Inside Higher Ed examined how colleges can introduce a variety of techniques to provide high-quality education at scale.

Classroom materials with adaptive technology can provide extra support to the students who need it and allow those who are progressing to advance at their own pace. You get to do what you do best: inspire a love of learning in each and every student.

2. You’re rushing before spring break or at the end of the term to make sure you cover all the material for your class.

There is so much material to cover in a short amount of time and you can’t predict how quickly your students will grasp each concept. You may spend a lot of time manually differentiating content and tailoring lessons to your students’ knowledge. And while you can act as a content curator and facilitate learning, as this useful piece from Faculty Focus explains, technology helps you do this efficiently.

Adaptive learning products, by definition, adapt content for each student. This saves you time so that you can truly teach, inspire, and help your students achieve mastery.

3. Your students are not as engaged as you want them to be.

It likely has nothing to do with you. Perhaps your students aren’t prepared, are frustrated, or need extra support to understand your lesson. (There’s a new study that examines a tool that measures the soundwaves of your classroom to better understand the amount of active learning.)

One of the benefits of adaptive technology is its ability to increase student engagement. Because an adaptive product uses an algorithm to serve up lessons that meet students where they are, they become more engaged and more prepared to focus.

4. You’re often surprised by the classes’ performance.

Ever teach a class and the participation is great, students appear engaged, and complete their homework regularly, but when they get to the exam, a large number of students do poorly?

You’re not a mind-reader. By the time you assess the class, it might be too late to help them where they are struggling.

Colleges are beginning to link data to various social and psychological factors to understand and further the likelihood of student success. At a classroom level, learning technology that provides you detailed analytics about your students’ progress and knowledge gaps can help you tailor lessons in real time.

5. You have a lot of success when you work with a student one-on-one, but can’t scale that experience to your entire classroom.

If you could give each of your students your undivided attention, they would be far more likely to succeed. But, alas, you’re only one person and that’s just not sustainable.

The #1 advantage of an adaptive product is that it allows each student to get that one-on-one instruction that they need, and that you want to provide. This frees you up to focus on what you love most about teaching.

I'm #ReadyForAdaptive