Adaptive Learning Fundamentals and Courseware Exploration

Track : Online Design

Levels : Intermediate,Advanced
Eligible for Online Teaching Certificate elective : Yes

Adaptive learning is an emerging technology that has been shown to increase student engagement and student learning.  The 2017 Horizon Report identified adaptive learning technologies as one of the six developments of educational technologies that will have the greatest impact in institutions of higher education.  Adaptive learning systems are automated systems that use machine learning to provide questions to assess student knowledge, give immediate feedback on responses, and provide scaffolding to support learning.


In this course, you will explore why adaptive learning is so promising, how it works, why it works, how to make it work for your students, properties of an adaptive learning system, as well as what to look for when selecting an adaptive learning tool.


Learning Objectives:

  • Identify how properties of adaptive learning increase student engagement.

  • Evaluate the available adaptive learning tools in your discipline. 

  • Discuss how adaptive learning tools might work for your classes.

Prerequisite: None



This is an asynchronous, week-long workshop which will begin on a Monday and end on the following Sunday. The workshop will require approximately 6-8 hours of work, including reading research-based articles, viewing presentations, engaging in online discussion forums, and submitting assignments. Total length of time to completion: 7 days.

Key Takeaways:

  • An overview of what constitutes adaptive learning and its student-centered approach
  • The role of adaptive learning in higher education
  • Strategies for implementing adaptive learning in your classroom
  • A checklist for evaluating a possible adaptive learning system

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Refund Policy
If you register and pay for a OLC workshop and are unable to enroll (due to personal schedule conflicts, illness, etc), we will be happy to apply your payment to another OLC workshop in the same calendar year upon your written request to No refunds will be given.