Schaumburg-based Career Education Corp., a provider of for-profit schools and online education, is diving into adaptive learning technology at two of its schools and rolling it out to others later this year.
Adaptive learning technology customizes programs to the user, in this case, the student taking an online course. It tracks what the student is learning, what still needs to be learned, and whether the course should offer more challenges.
Career Education is using Intellipath developed by Dublin-based research and development company called CCKF. Intellipath has already been used by about 1,500 during a pilot and then about 11,000 students at the company's Colorado Technical University and American InterContinental University since last fall. The International Academy of Design and Technology, Le Cordon Bleu, Sanford-Brown and Briarcliffe College are expected to start Intellipath later this year.
Students taking an online course know its Intellipath because it is designed differently than other online courses. Students see a map that outlines the concepts they need to learn in the course and offers color coding to indicate what's been accomplished, what needs work, and what's next. The map continues to change as the student progresses through the course, said Career Education spokesman Mark Spencer.
"You need to show your competency before you can move on," said Spencer. "If you're having trouble, it will serve other problems or content. If it notices you did better after seeing a video, it may provide more videos to you. It learns about you as a student and how you perform."
On the other hand, if you're doing very well and get bored with the course, the program will sense that and provide more challenges, he said.
"This is not designed to replace faculty," Spencer said. "It's to enhance and help the faculty."
The program also gives faculty "tremendous continual insight into exactly how each student is doing, so they can intervene right away and work directly with students who are having trouble on exactly the place where they need help," Spencer said.
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