Students learn in different ways and at different speeds. The field of adaptive learning has the potential to address each student's unique preferences, needs, and capabilities. Adaptive learning technologies range from intelligent use of learning management systems to sophisticated stand-alone tools that can be integrated into course learning environments. Adaptive technologies, which are in the early development stage, are expected to grow in importance.

Adaptive Learning Project Revamps Three UMUC Courses

Scope: UMUC has established itself as a leader in adaptive learning by piloting the Open Learning Initiative. The project, funded by a grant from the Carnegie Foundation, supports UMUC's work with the Carnegie Mellon University OLI to redesign the following three UMUC courses:

  • BIOL 103 Introduction to Biology and Lab
  • IFSM 201 Concepts and Applications of Information Technology
  • STAT 230 Introductory Business Statistics
UMUC partnered with both OLI and Prince George's Community College in the course redesign. The courses will be used by UMUC and community colleges, but the materials are openly available through the OLI program.

Course redesigns and evaluations are still underway, but early evidence confirms the importance of adaptive learning initiatives. UMUC is working to get more vendor support and buy-in for adaptive learning technologies.

The center will be working with collaborators to identify additional pilots using new tools and different content than in the previous OLI projects.

Additional collaborators include The Undergraduate School, The Graduate School, Learning Design Solutions, and the Office of Information Technology.

View an annotated bibliography on adaptive learning.