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
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.