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Jan
17

Zoomi And Adaptive Learning

I am delighted to share an interview I had about Adaptive/Personalized Learning with Caroline Brant, Director of Client Services at Zoomi, Inc. According to the Zoomi website, it is “the first and only automated personalized learning technology and provides actionable eLearning data to companies with more than 250 proprietary algorithms.” Zoomi was launched in 2015 by two university researchers who teamed with a “seasoned technology entrepreneur.”

LS: Caroline, tell us about Zoomi’s target audience.

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Dec
19

AI And Adaptive Learning

As a budding student, I heard my teachers routinely use the phrase, “defining the terms” when introducing a new subject or concept to our class. Often complicated and requiring memorization, defining the terms is the foundation to higher learning and understanding. Defining terms are like coat hangers, you use them to organize and categorize your stuff. The same goes for the learning world especially in this fast-paced world of Artificial Intelligence.

What is Artificial Intelligence (AI)? Artificial Intelligence is defined as technology that performs some or all work that a human being can do with similar or better results. Most people think of artificial intelligence as physical robots lifting boxes or packaging things on a conveyer belt, however artificial intelligence is much more than that. In the training and learning space, artificial intelligence is the use of data to help make good learning decisions.

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Apr
15

Adaptive Learning In Practice

Related to innovations in learning solutions, I’d like to share some real-world examples of adaptive learning in practice. First, let’s visit the instructor-led classroom. Facilitated learning in a brick-and-mortar classroom is still alive and well and will have a place in learning for the foreseeable future. But in recent years, I’ve been recommending that classrooms move to a paperless distribution system. Learners engage with their participant materials via tablets or laptops. In many classrooms, learners have been using computers for years in instances such as learning computer systems, so this is the final step in eliminating the laborious tasks of printing, compiling, and shipping paper-based classroom materials!

Here’s an example of how it’s done:

  • Materials are compiled in PDF forms where certain parts of the text can be edited by the learners, such as practice activities.
  • Materials have more of an e-learning look and feel, and may use PowerPoint or Word as the development tool. The layout looks more like the facilitator slide deck with clickable text boxes for expanded information.
  • SharePoint or corporate network is the delivery vehicle. Materials are uploaded, and learners are given access to them when they come to class. All materials are available after the class to participants for later access if needed via either download or continued use of login.
  • Materials can be updated more frequently without material waste (in cases where print materials were stockpiled).
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Jan
13

Engaging Every Learner In The Workplace

Adaptive learning is the hot buzzword being talked about in education and business today. Adaptive learning is a method used to teach students and train employees using computers as interactive tools aiding the learner. By removing the “one size fits all” non-adaptive learning approach into a “tailor-made” learning environment, students/employees learn more effectively. Tailor-made refers to the basic premise that associates learn better when information adjusts and aligns to their learning preferences and needs (Paramythis, Reisinger, and Kepler, 2013).

Adaptive learning has become synonymous with the concept of personalized learning. According to Adam Newman, founding partner of Education Growth Advisors, “Personalized learning is an umbrella term and is defined as a ‘pedagogical method or process that draws on observation to inform tailored student educational interventions designed to increase the likelihood of learner success.’” Adaptive learning began in psychology under B. F. Skinner, behavioral psychologist in the 1950s. Followed by the artificial intelligence movement in the 1970s, however, it lacked the sophistication of data-driven applications that are available today (Kasper, 2014). Today, technology expands upon adaptive learning platforms and is used to drive consumer sites like Amazon and Netflix as well as progressive organizations using data analytics to better understand employee-learning preferences.

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Jan
13

Adaptive Learning: Choices For The Learner

Adaptive learning is an educational method which uses computers as interactive teaching devices. Computers adapt the presentation of educational material according to students' learning needs, as indicated by their responses to questions and tasks. The technology encompasses aspects derived from various fields of study including computer science, education, and psychology.

Training Magazine sees adaptive learning strategies as a 2015 industry trend. It seems that Corporate America has been using adaptive learning strategies for years in eLearning courses. However, with the ability to more easily produce and provide access to rich media (video) and with the adoption of collaboration technologies, more options will be provided to the learner to accommodate various learning styles.

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