instructional design, learning technology

Adaptive Learning: Benefits and Pitfalls

One of my classes, Trends & Issues in eLearning, recently discussed adaptive learning.

I was a bit worried that our assigned viewing/reading might not give a fully accurate picture of adaptive learning, given that the authors seemed to be in a position where they would benefit from putting rose-colored glasses on their audience. (For example, the author of “What Is Adaptive Learning Anyway?” works for – and is posting on the website of – a company positioned to make money off the uncritical embrace of adaptive learning technology. If there are shortcomings, they aren’t likely to be talked about here.)

To balance this out, I ended up reading an article cited by another student (Johanes, P., & Lagerstrom, L., 2017) as well as this EdSurge article, which helped me better understand both pros and cons.

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