Technologies That Learn and Adapt to Users

Adaptability is one of the most important benefits of learning enhanced by computer technologies because it allows for adjusting the learning materials, instructions, feedback, and learning strategies based on learners’ needs and ability. The programmability and high-speed computation features of computers enable developed learning systems to take learners’ personal factors, such as their knowledge levels, preferences, and learning styles, into consideration while interacting with them. Moreover, during the learning process, the learning system can even analyze system logs to evaluate the learning status of individual users so that personalized guidance or feedback can be provided to them readily. The ultimate goal of such systems and features is a personalized learning environment. This entry discusses the strategies for developing adaptive learning mechanisms and potential research questions ...

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