Closing the distance between print and online for adaptive learning

“Creating better learning experiences for students is a major focus of HP, and print is a critical component of students’ education,” said Juan Ignacio Calderon, vice president of Strategy and Marketing, Graphics Solutions Business, HP. “Students learn differently and have varied needs, areas of strength, and preferences, which is why educational materials should not be one size fits all.”

Publishers and schools globally use Knewton adaptive learning technology to personalize content. Until now, this technology has been available only for digital courses. With Personalized Print Learning Solutions, Knewton and HP will help bridge the digital divide. The Personalized Print Learning Solution is currently under development for release during the 2015-2016 school year.

With the new solution, teachers and professors can assign print materials tagged by HP Link technology. Once a student completes his or her work, the student or teacher scans it with a smartphone app, developed based on HP mobile scanning technology.

From there, Knewton considers the student’s past work, analyzes the new information, and determines useful strategies from the anonymized data of similar students to recommend content that the student should work on next. Knewton assembles a new individualized content packet or textbook chapter in real time for that student. HP Inkjet Web Press and HP Indigo digital printing technology makes it possible for students to have a chapter printed and delivered to their school or doorstep, and web-connected HP printers make it possible to print personalized worksheets locally in the classroom or at home.

“Knewton’s mission is to personalize learning materials for students wherever they are and however they access content,” said Knewton founder and CEO Jose Ferreira. “We’ve been known up until now for computer adaptive learning, but today we are adding Personalized Print Learning Solutions to our capabilities. People have always assumed it was impossible to individually personalize printed education materials. With our new HP collaboration, we are delighted to show the world that print materials can have just as much adaptive power as digital content.”

For colleges, Personalized Print Learning Solutions uses big data to improve learning outcomes without the need for technology investment. For schools, many of whom are struggling to afford and implement technology, it can offer the power of personalization without the need for complex software or devices — and, in doing so, help close America’s digital divide.

Personalized Print Learning Solutions is being previewed at the ASU+GSV Education Innovation Summit in Scottsdale from April 6th to 8th.

Publishers and teachers interested in using this solution can contact HP and Knewton at

Material from a press release was used in this report.

Laura Ascione