‘Friendly Robot-Tutor in the Sky’ Delivers On-Demand, Hyper-Personalized Learning
NEW YORK—August 26, 2015—Knewton, the global leader in adaptive learning, today announced the launch of its free, open personalized learning platform. For the first time, any individual can create or use state-of-the-art supplemental lessons to provide students with unique learning paths in real-time. Knewton’s adaptive-learning platform transforms any content into the best data-rich version of itself, then bundles together those pieces of content that are best for each student based on exactly what she knows and how she learns best.
Knewton will host open content and free supplemental lessons on a wide variety of subjects and grade levels, starting with K-12 math, English, science, and history. “Think of it as a friendly robot-tutor in the sky,” said Jose Ferreira, Knewton founder and CEO. “Knewton plucks the perfect bits of content for you from the cloud and assembles them according to the ideal learning strategy for you, as determined by the combined data-power of millions of other students.”
A student who wants to learn algebra can select the corresponding assignments and start using her own free, personalized learning application comprising all algebra. Or, to improve her skills at particular algebra concepts, she can create her own lesson for just those concepts. Knewton’s open platform is as broad as the content that users upload. Once enough users add content on a given subject it automatically springs to life and becomes adaptive.
Knewton is the world’s most widely used adaptive learning engine. Dozens of the largest education companies use Knewton to make their products adaptive. To date, Knewton has delivered over 15 billion personalized recommendations to 10 million students on 6 continents.
Knewton is dedicated to protecting student privacy and is a signatory to the Student Privacy Pledge. Knewton only collects and analyzes student data that Knewton believes can improve learning outcomes, and only the student (or her parent) controls with whom Knewton shares those data. Knewton does not sell student personal data.
For students, Knewton is a breakthrough in personalized tutoring. Rather than waste metadata about students’ learning proclivities, Knewton captures it and stores it in students’ private profiles. Every time a student uses Knewton, lessons become even more personalized and effective for her in particular and for others similar to her. Over time, the compounding effect of each student’s activity makes learning new concepts easier for every student.
“Educators have created unfathomable quantities of high-quality learning materials,” said Knewton COO David Liu. “Until now, much of this content has been trapped on teacher’s PCs, meaning some of the world’s best materials are only used by handfuls of students. Knewton finds the best pieces of content for students and teachers based on learning outcomes to improve efficacy and save time.”
Early user reviews are positive. Olivier, a rising ninth-grader at a private school in New Jersey, said, “It knows what you need in three seconds or less.” José Aguiar, an adult learner in Guadalajara, Mexico, said, “Well, first of all, it completely blew my mind!!! It took me a couple of hours to complete a course and I just wanted to keep going and learning.”
Knewton’s mission is to personalize learning for the world. Teachers, schools, and education companies around the globe use Knewton to power digital course materials that dynamically adapt to each student’s unique needs. Knewton provides students with tailored recommendations for exactly what to study, teachers with analytics to better support each student, and publishers with content insights to develop better products. Founded in 2008, Knewton has offices in New York City, London, São Paulo, and Tokyo. www.knewton.com