Snapwiz (http://www.snapwiz.com), creator of cloud-based adaptive and personalized learning platforms, today released a white paper addressing the benefits and challenges of integrating adaptive learning and collaborative learning and its solution for seamlessly incorporating both approaches with educational publishers’ content. The paper can be downloaded at http://www.snapwiz.com/improving-student-engagement-whitepaper.
Titled “Improving Student Engagement by Integrating Adaptive and Collaborative Learning Technologies,” the paper spotlights the acclaim that adaptive learning and collaborative learning have won for student engagement and enhancing learners’ ability to retain and understand information. It also examines the challenges that educators face in implementing these practices in physical classrooms (for example, classroom configurations, class sizes and time constraints) as well as online.
Among the white paper’s highlights are the following:
– Research has found that students in adaptive learning environments consistently earn higher achievement scores.
– The higher-order thinking skills generated by collaborative learning expedite the adaptive learning process by spurring comprehension and self-direction.
– Several learning management systems have components that facilitate one practice or the other rather than both. For those systems that do include both, the technologies exist in their separate silos, impeding effective integration.
“The Common Core State Standards, universities, and the twenty-first century workplace all demand strong content knowledge, self-direction, higher-level thinking skills and collaboration,” said Madhu Narasa, CEO of Snapwiz. “Publishers who want to provide learning institutions with truly impactful educational content need to make adaptive learning and collaborative learning integrated parts of their offerings.”
Snapwiz has addressed the issue by developing the only post-secondary platform that combines interactive authoring tools and context-aware social learning via adaptive technology. This “end-to-end platform” combines all three areas of the learning process (creation, connection and adaption). Publishers use the Snapwiz platform to deliver text and multimedia content, but teachers can insert additional resources so as to further customize the learning experience. All content within the platform is socially enabled, allowing students to quickly and easily post or review notes or comments in the system’s social stream while reviewing course content.
The Snapwiz system helps students learn by acquiring information about them so that all users receive highly personalized experiences via its adaptive, collaborative and interactive learning features. The system monitors each student’s progress and provides remediation by adapting not just the learning sequence but the content itself.
The platform debuted in the United States in 2012 as a higher education solution for organizing and delivering course material and tools that optimize proficiency and study time. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., a global company with more than 200 years in the educational publishing business, adopted Snapwiz’s technologies in order to apply the personal learning network to its well-known basal materials in a growing number of college-level courses. Wiley and Snapwiz are continuing to work together to develop new products and services as well as use aggregated student data to gain insights into learning behaviors and further enhance the platform.
“We’ve been successfully vetted by the postsecondary market, and we’re now ready to deliver our interactive authoring tools, higher-level learning capabilities and efficiency to other educational publishers,” said Narasa. “With the proven efficacy and adaptability of our Snapwiz platform, publishers and educators will have exactly what they need to optimize K-12 student learning.”
Snapwiz works in close partnership with publishers to deliver engaging and personalized e-books and courses. As the only cloud-based learning platform that combines interactive authoring tools and context-aware social learning with adaptive technology, Snapwiz transforms simple text into interactive content, provides a learning network that connects students and faculty for engaging learning experiences, and dynamically adapts to student preferences and goals by analyzing learning assets, activity history and student interaction data. Backed by Primera Capital, the Snapwiz company is headquartered in the San Francisco Bay area with offices in Bangalore, India. For more information, visit http://www.snapwiz.com.