The Promise of Adaptive Learning to Create Equity at Scale
Concurrent Session 3
A moderated panel of administrators from key institutions across the country will share their stories of transformation. They will explain how they have been able to create equity at scale by blending intelligent adaptive learning systems with new methods of teaching.
What if individualized, full-time tutors were suddenly at every student’s fingertips? What if a “black box” of information about each and every student was opened so instructors could predict where a student was headed, and know exactly where and when to intervene with students who were most at risk of failing? What if a learning system could be created that lifted achievement across enormous populations of students and closed traditional race and gender grade gaps? And, as technology and automation changed the nature of work, students could receive one-on-one education and training for new jobs and career paths, so that higher education became a true driver of social and economic equity for all?
This world is coming into focus. A light is shining brightly on advanced algorithms and the intelligent adaptive learning systems they power. Best-in-class intelligent adaptive learning systems give every learner their own personalized courses, made specifically for their strengths, weaknesses, goals, and engagement patterns. These courses adapt in real-time to a student’s activity and adjust, moment by moment, to his/her performance and interest level. Artificial intelligence actively tailors content, and draws upon learning science knowledge domains as diverse as machine learning, cognitive science, predictive analytics, and educational theory.
Over the last five years, the combination of these sophisticated learning systems and new ways of teaching has created remarkable outcomes and leveled the playing field for students of all backgrounds. It is a profound story of the potential to create systemic change in an area of education that has remained most intractable: educational equity.
Higher education institutions are now facing a burning imperative. The right combination of intelligent learning platforms, thoughtful implementation programs and, most importantly, dedicated teachers are poised to help many millions of students learn foundational knowledge and graduate from college.
The following administrators and educators will share how they believe education can be reimagined with technology.
- Peter van Leusen, Ph.D.: Manager of Instructional Design, Arizona State University
- Karen Vignare, APLU, Personalized Learning Consortium, Executive Director
- Eric Bing, CEO, College of Health Care Professions
- LaShana Stokes, M.Ed., Harrisburg Community College