Adaptive Learning: Definition, History & Methodology

Instructor: Deborah Teasley

Deborah has 4 years of teaching experience and a master's degree in program development & management.

If you've used a computer, you've experienced a type of adaptive learning. In this lesson, we will explore adaptive learning and how it uses technology to create a unique learning experience for students based on their needs.

What is Adaptive Learning?

Minji is a 6th-grade student and attends an English academy in Seoul, South Korea. She recently had to write an essay about her favorite vacation in her composition class. Minji can submit her essay assignments through an online education program. This program checks her essay for errors and provides supplementary lessons when necessary. For example, in her current essay, she had several subject/verb agreement mistakes. The program not only recognizes her mistakes, but gives her more information on the topic. It then asks her to find her errors within the current essay.

The program used in Minji's composition class is an excellent example of adaptive learning. Adaptive learning is a teaching method that uses computers and technology to facilitate comprehension and retention based on the unique needs of the learner. The program Minji uses not only finds her mistakes, but offers her extra material to help her understand where she went wrong. Then, to help her with remembering this information in the future, it has her find her own mistakes and correct them.

History of Adaptive Learning

B.F. Skinner 1904-1990
BF Skinner

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