Recap: Adaptive Learning Seminar

| May 19, 2010

During last week’s seminar, Dr. Gary Natriello presented work on adaptive learning opportunities. He presented a model of processes and interactions that can lead to adaptive learning opportunities and within the model, seven major areas that provide perspectives for these adaptive learning opportunities emerged.

The work is part of an effort to explore the landscape of the kinds of applications that provide adaptive experiences both within the education sector for formal learning as well as tools not necessarily focused on learning but possibly relevant in future collaborations or developments in this field. The talk featured an overview of the proposed seven buckets that encompass areas where adaptive opportunities exist as well as a small group breakout activity to discuss each of these areas. Specifically, the conversations in the groups were to discuss any experiences within the group pertaining to their topic, any EdLab projects that would fit in their bucket, as well as any missing links they could identify around their topic or additions they would make. Below, is a summary highlighting points in each groups focused discussion. Due to the length of some of the notes please click on the title for a more detailed account of information.


The Natural Task Perspective


The Constructed Learning Task Perspective


The Learning Research Perspective


The Content Model Perspective


The Teaching Perspective


The Assessment Perspective


The Social Network Perspective

A general set of answers to the questions posed across the groups included that (1) people have experienced adaptation in some form or another, mostly in context of learning. (2) Connections of EdLab projects/products and materials are related to or can be placed in at least one if not a few of the presented adaptive opportunity buckets. (3) Areas exposing missing links or ideas for the future included capitalizing on learning research possibilities and gaining richer understandings on the roles during development of these tools and relationships between those creating such applications.

Moving forward with this work, empirically supported concrete examples need to be collected in each bucket and analyzed to find areas in which future collaborations among developers of these tools can be harnessed. Everyone at the lab is encouraged, if they come across any specific product that exemplifies one of the categories, to please share it!