Thursday, September 24, 2015

Real Talk: The Past, Present, and Future of Adaptive Learning

Noah Sudow and Hannah Leedle, Whiteboard Advisors, September 11, 2015

Adaptive Learning is here, but it’s still just beginning. The National Education Initiative’s recent Summit on Adaptive Learning brought together 120 thought leaders ranging from policy makers, entrepreneurs, journalists, and institutional leaders to discuss the fate of adaptive learning (a full summary of the summit—written by Dror Ben Naim, Founder and CEO of SmartSparrow—can be found here).  To kick off the event, the U.S. Department of Education’s Richard Culatta outlined his thoughts on the four major problems with our country’s education system. The first three wouldn’t shock anyone—we have too many adults with some college and no degree (31 million); there is a major readiness gap for many between high school and college; and of course, the out of control increases in college costs. But the fourth problem isn’t one that’s mentioned a lot—we don’t know who our students are—which becomes the critical element in solving the other three. 

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