As far as the course is concerned, you are the class
“As far as the course is concerned, you are the class”. We came across this quote in an interesting article written by Melinda Gates.
Melinda explains: “In a traditional classroom, if you encounter a concept you don’t understand, the class simply moves on without you. Over time, you fall further and further behind. But with adaptive learning technology, learning is individualized, so you can go at your own pace. Students do tests in real time and are asked to demonstrate mastery of each concept before advancing to the next. The class never moves forward without you.
Adaptive learning technology is making an especially big difference for GSU’s low-income and minority students. These students score higher in an adaptive introductory English course than their peers in a class that meets in person.”
The numbers that led Melinda Gates to write about this are shocking. Only 55 percent of students who enrol in college as freshmen leave with a degree. The others are a reminder that our higher education system has a lot more work to do to meet the needs of the students it serves.
Melinda continues: Last October, I met a young woman who shared her own journey with me. She told me that even though she has three kids and her husband was working two jobs, she was determined to get a college degree. The problem was that, like a lot of schools, her community college required an algebra credit to graduate—and that was the subject she struggled most with. After failing the class three times, she couldn’t afford the tuition to take it yet again. Her dreams of graduation ended there.
That young woman’s story is a representative one. On average, almost one in five students who doesn’t graduate has at least 75 percent of their course credits completed. And like her, a full 40 percent of today’s college students are 25 or older. More than a quarter have kids of their own, nearly two-thirds have a job, and one in three comes from a household that earns less than $20,000 a year. They know that a college degree is a proven pathway to a better future in this country—but with so many competing priorities in their lives, that path isn’t always accessible.
The impact of adaptive learning technology
Because of technology, the numbers have increased significantly, even though it is not nearly enough yet. Melinda writes: “A little more than a decade ago, only 32 percent of students who enrolled at Georgia State University were making it all the way to graduation. Today, that number is 22 points higher. One of the many changes GSU made was introducing online adaptive learning courses.”
This resonates with us at DuoTrainin, as we are strong advocates of easy access to learning for everyone with intelligence in each training. Our adaptive learning technology makes the same course available to, but different for everyone.
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