OpenStax, Knewton introduce adaptive learning into OER

May 17th, 2016

OER texts

Peer-reviewed OER digital textbooks will be uniquely personalized for each student

OpenStax and Knewton have formed a partnership intended to personalize the learning experience for college students using open source digital textbooks.

OpenStax is a nonprofit organization committed to improving student access to quality learning materials, and its open educational resource (OER) textbooks are developed and peer-reviewed by educators to ensure they are readable, accurate, and meet scope and sequence requirements.

Knewton’s adaptive learning platform will provide specific content recommendations for precisely what a student should study next by analyzing the data set of what the student knows, how she learns, and what concepts she needs to achieve a stated learning goal.

This partnership will offer instructors and students who currently use OER an added benefit: Knewton’s industry-leading adaptive learning and analytics. For first-time adopters it will provide an additional reason to transition to affordable, high-quality adaptive OER.

“Improving access to higher education for all is the core of our mission, which requires reducing the cost of learning materials,” said Richard Baraniuk, founder and director of OpenStax and Rice University’s Victor E. Cameron Professor Engineering. “Knewton provides yet another way to make our materials as effective as possible for each individual student.”

The OpenStax OER catalog includes textbooks for 17 of the most-attended college courses. To-date, more than 674,000 students at more than 1,800 higher education institutions have used an OpenStax textbook.

“The days of one-size-fits-all textbooks are over,” said Jose Ferreira, founder and CEO of Knewton. “We’ve built the Knewton platform for a wide variety of content types and sources, all in the interest of improving learning outcomes for as many students as possible. Our partnership with OpenStax allows us to individualize their content and reach more students than ever before in a rapidly evolving educational landscape.”

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