Adaptive Learning Modules

Adaptive learning modules use artificial intelligence to adjust how instructional content is presented to students based on their understanding of the material, prior knowledge, or personal characteristics. These modules aim to create instructional environments that are individually and contextually tailored, helping students to master concepts at their own pace and to develop personalized pathways through the course material. This entry provides an overview of adaptive learning modules, then explores their use in higher education as well as their benefits and limitations.


A typical adaptive learning module relies on embedded assessments of learning progress in order to select the next step on the learning path (e.g., further practice with the same concept, remedial instruction on prerequisite skills, or continuation to the next topic in the curriculum). This ...

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