Thursday, January 26, 2017

The Blurry Definitions of Adaptive vs. Personalized Learning - A.J. O'Connell, Campus Technology

In June of 2015, leaders in adaptive learning hashed out the definitions of personalized and adaptive learning at a summit in Santa Fe, NM, hosted by WCET (the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education's Cooperative for Educational Technologies). And now, more than a year later, the adaptive learning community has moved on. The terms have been defined: "personalized learning" is any customization of learning by an instructor, while "adaptive" refers to technology that monitors student progress in a course and uses that data to modify instruction in real time. The formal discussion of what those terms mean, at least among experts, is over.

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