Adaptive Learning: Bridging the Gap between ‘First’ and ‘LastBenchers’

Adaptive learning technology blog by Convegenius

Today’s Learning Landscape

The learning experience today has evolved much beyond the chalk and board set-up, the reason being the variety of resources at our disposal and the advent of technology in every sphere of our lives. We’re in an era that lives ahead of us, and the word adaptive holds just the right essence of it. Specifically, in learning, we have experienced an earnest need to go beyond the one-size-fits-all approach and personalise learning for each child.

What is the need for adaptive technology?

‘Adaptive technology’ understands and personalises the learning path for each child by responding to each student’s needs, based on their unique behaviors and answers.

Here’s why Adaptive Learning is important-

Key to successful remediation:

Through adaptive learning, we can diminish all sorts of learning gaps. Using adaptive learning based software we can assess the prior knowledge of children through diagnostic assessments and teach children according to their levels and not their grades. The moment a child starts receiving content on the basis of his/her current understanding, it hooks them in a way that they automatically spend more time on the tasks and areas that need attention.

Efficient facilitation:

Adaptive technology equips the teacher with data, automated reports, analytics, and smarter tools that profusely cut down on their administrative work. This allows the educators to spend more time to prioritize weak learners above the good performers. Amidst all the things we need to understand that adaptive technologies aren’t going to replace the teachers but are an enabler for the teacher to be an effective facilitator.

Equal Opportunity for all:

Adaptive technology eliminates the risk of the child’s problem not being addressed. By keeping a check on individual needs, the case where good learners continuously become better and the underperformers consistently show a decline is exterminated. This happens because adaptive technology acts as an aid in the classroom thus empowering the teacher to spend more time with the children who need more attention while working at a normal pace with the learners who are able to curb the problems without teacher’s intervention.

Real-Time assessments and Data:

The child can dig as deep as he/she wants and doesn’t have to wait for the teacher’s feedback. As the assessments give instant feedbacks, children can automatically understand and rectify their mistakes. Also, big data makes it easier for the teacher to understand the issues in detail and act accordingly.

Convegenius’s Chief Technical Officer, Mr Arnav Pyasi shares his views on Adaptivity:

Adaptivity can broadly be divided into 3 categories viz; Content adaptivity where feedback and hints are given for immediate remediation, Assessment Adaptivity in which assessments are conducted according to the learning concepts, and Sequence Adaptivity in which the data is automatically collected and analysed to change what the child sees next. Given the diversity in economic and educational background, it is important that every learning solution caters to the unique need of students. We at ConveGenius try to provide an alternate understanding of concepts through explanations in our solution for the topics which the student hasn’t understood well. Thus, our explanations also serve as a learning resource for the student.”

Why is this the next big thing?

According to ASER, 90% of the kids are below grade-level competency in India. Technology is changing the dynamics of education as adaptive learning has the potential to transform the whole education system; by changing the way teachers and students interact, by giving children a seamless learning experience, and by empowering teachers to modify their classroom instructions and become better facilitators. In short, giving equal opportunities to each child. 

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