Recently I described an unpublished study by Dragan Gasevic and team on the use of Knowillage / LeaP adaptive platform. ((When the study started Knowillage was an independent company; mid-way through study D2L bought Knowillage and renamed product as LeaP.)) The context of article was on D2L’s misuse of the results, but the study itself is interesting in terms of its findings that adaptive learning usage (specifically LeaP in addition to Moodle within an Intro to Chemistry course) can improve academic performance. I will share more when and if the results become public.

If we look to published research reports there are other studies that back up the potential of adaptive approaches, but the most promising results appear to be for a subset of adaptive systems that provide not just content selection but also tutoring. Last year a research team from Simon Fraser University and Washington State University published a meta-analysis on Intelligent Tutoring Systems (ITS) which they described as having origins from 1970 and the development of SCHOLAR. ((I would link to G+ post by George Station here if it were not for the ironic impossibility of searching within that platform.)) The study looked at 107 studies involving 14,321 participants and found:


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