Personalized Learning for Better Student Outcomes
In a world that is flooded with modern devices, it is no wonder that toddlers are learning swiping before writing. Parents encourage their children to use their mobile devices not only because it keeps them occupied for hours together but also because it gives them access to several learning applications available today.
The education publishing industry along with educators, parents and technology companies are embroiled in the highly interesting debate – should tablets replace books? There is no easy answer to this question, as both have their own pros and cons. However, several schools and universities are adopting a blended learning environment, where smartphones, tablets, and computers have their place among traditional textbooks.
According to the report, “The New Digital Playbook: Understanding the Spectrum of Students’ Activities and Aspirations”, one-third of U.S. students use school-issued mobile devices for learning. And in the UK, nearly 70% of primary and secondary schools in the UK now use tablet computers (study by Tablets for Schools).
These statistics clearly show that the education publishing industry must make use of technology to provide students and teachers with revolutionary learning solutions. Learning content has transformed from text and images/diagrams to 3D images, simulation learning, interactive games, and more.
There is a need for solutions that can help deliver a personalized learning experience – meaning each student can learn at their own pace. Modern learning technologies enable students to understand each module of a subject and assess themselves by providing instant feedback.
Big data and predictive analytics have the power to pinpoint chapters/modules that students found easy and difficult, helping them understand their strengths and weaknesses. And learning solutions integrated with smart performance assessments ensure that students thoroughly understand each topic before they move on to the next. Analyzing student learning outcomes are critical for publishers as well, since they can understand which modules of their learning program need to be revised. With such insights, education publishers can make decisions based on data, rather than merely intuition.
With technology progressing at a rapid rate and educators adapting to changing times, personalized learning can only grow. Publishers need to continue to harness technology and find more ways to help students learn in an interactive yet efficient manner.