Can Adaptive Learning Extend Access to Non-Traditional Students?

Can Adaptive Learning Help Non-traditional Students and Extend Access?

It’s no secret that the cost of higher education has skyrocketed and continues to do so — up 39 percent for public institutions between 2003 and 2013, according to the National Center for Education Statistics. Many students work at least part-time jobs and still have active loans. Some of those students have families to support, which makes it difficult to schedule time for class and homework. And then there are those who’ve given it their all but still struggle academically. Unsurprisingly, many of these students don’t make it through college at all.

Adaptive learning — interactive technology that adjusts the educational experience to accommodate individuals — can’t fix all of these problems, but it can do much to help. Thanks to the flexibility of online learning, the cost-savings of using software instead of textbooks, and the ability of the technology to meet students where they are, access to higher education can potentially be extended to more student populations.

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