Advanced adaptive learning tends to sound much more complicated than it really is. It’s important to understand what the benefits are before dismissing the option. If you’re not familiar with it, we’ve broken down why it can be helpful for you or your children.
Learning is not one size fits all
The way a person learns is as unique as the individual. Three commonly known learning styles are visual, auditory and kinesthetic. In a classroom setting, typically only one method of teaching is used for each subject. Unfortunately, there’s not enough time in a classroom to teach each subject in multiple ways to ensure every student understands, but with advanced adaptive learning the technology creates a unique lesson for the student.
However, even if there were enough time to teach three different ways, each student grasps the concepts of the lessons at different time, some longer than others. Advanced adaptive learning expects that difference and allows each student to move at his or her own pace. This is extremely important so the student can develop a strong foundation before moving on to the more difficult material. It also lends itself to students with different learning abilities, adapting to whichever way that student learns best to make learning simpler.
If a student is excelling in one subject and not another, the first thing to focus on is how that student learns best. Advanced adaptive learning gives an individualized lesson for the student based on his or her needs and base knowledge level, similar to one-on-one tutoring.
A set of practice questions in a student’s homework may only include a few of each type of problem. A student won’t know how well he or she did on any particular question until it’s graded by the teacher. After receiving the grade a student may just accept that he or she did not understand one type of problem and move on to the next assignment.
That gap in learning has the potential to lead to more difficulty later in the course. Advanced adaptive learning avoids that gap by not letting the student move forward until the preliminary education is understood. Instead, advanced adaptive learning continues to teach and explain.
If students are required to use advanced adaptive learning programs for homework, and teachers can have access to the assessment reports, it can remove the guess work from deciding what to spend the most time on in a lesson.
Textbooks are clunky and not every learning situation is conducive to traditional teaching. In an on-the-go society the option for handheld work is ideal. Because technology is so relevant to society, making an option to learn on the computer or a tablet is more appealing.
The lessons in advanced adaptive learning avoid the problems with books and homework being left at home. If a student leaves their tablet at home he or she can barrow one or just use a computer. Just by logging in the work and lessons are available digitally. The lesson in a textbook cannot change if a student needs more information to better understand a subject. However, technology can change the lesson in real time based on student performance.