Friday, May 29, 2015

Early Adapters

Inside Higher Ed
May 29th, 2015

Professors have good reason to be wary of adaptive learning software, which automates parts of the teaching process. Adaptive courses could mean a different role for faculty members, some fear, or no role at all.
However, some of these new “personalized” learning tools are designed to be faculty friendly, and to put the technology in the hands of professors.
Smart Sparrow, for example, falls into an emerging category of customizable adaptive platforms that faculty members can use to develop and tweak their online courses. The company’s wares are used widely in Australia, and are beginning to spread in the U.S.
D2L released a different play on adaptive last month. The Canadian ed-tech company formerly known as Desire2Learn is the developer of the Brightspace learning management platform. D2L embedded an adaptive engine, dubbed LeaP, into the platform.

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