Adaptive learning is a way for the specific learning needs of the learner to be met, in a more personalized way. Teachers or instructors can transform general learning into precision learning, ensuring that learners gain the knowledge that they need. One of the beauties of adaptive blended learning is that it caters to numerous learning and cognitive styles. Audio, visual, and kinaesthetic learning can be achieved through the practical element while training. Using adaptive learning inspires learners to study with more personalized content that will ultimately help them succeed, keeping them engaged while improving their knowledge. Due to the reality of digital adaptive learning, learners get feedback immediately, which will improve their strategies and methods as they learn. This will also help as learners will be provided with detailed resources to support their learning, working through activities at their pace, until the learners can move on. Previously, learners may have been forced to move on with the pace of the class, advancing to another task when the learner was not fully ready, which may have lead to further misunderstanding and a learner left drowning in a sea of information.
Adaptive Learning using Big Data Analytics
Adaptive Learning using big data transforms both how students learn and what they can achieve. We have never before had such availability of data to help guide a leaner onto the right path. Adaptive learning using big data focuses on capturing and calculating learners' behaviors in a way that gains a unique insight into their abilities. As learners perform practical tasks, information is gathered, and they can receive feedback to give them an immediate understanding of how to improve. Big data is changing the face of learning. The data informs students about what they are learning and where their weakness prevail, what methods of learning they use, how they tackle and solve problems, and their interactions as a result of these elements. With an emphasis on how students learn, this technology can view patterns that pupils display, giving an insight into what methods or learning styles students use to grasp information.
Using this data, learners can receive immediate feedback, highlighting their strengths and weaknesses, and provide information to their teachers about the learners’ performance. As data is collected in real-time, continuous improvement via feedback can keep learners on their study track and ensure they understand the basics before they can move onto the next task. Using all data collected, teachers have an overview or holistic view of learners’ competences, abilities, skills, and knowledge, which can direct their future paths of learning. By using big data analytics, learners are encountering the most effective and efficient way to fine-tune their skills, learn while doing, and ultimately, progress in their careers.
Virtual Reality and Adaptive Learning
Virtual Reality simulation allows learners to step inside a designed environment, enabling them to complete hands-on-tasks such as learning and practicing practical skills, technical skills, operations, or maintenance. It allows the learner to feel immersed in a simulated environment, as the visual display changes with hand and eye movements. In addition, audio matches the visuals, and the haptic sensations are continually improving to offer the user tactile feedback. It is becoming a very popular tool and adds significant value to learning. By using the data from adaptive learning, different complexities of VR can be created. As the data can provide information on learners’ knowledge, skills, abilities, competences, learning goals, and personal preferences, and so the virtual reality will use specific scenarios to train learners to become more effective at their tasks. Virtual Reality technology is becoming more complex – for example through the supplement of smart artificially intelligent (AI) additional characters in the VR environment while catering for all teaching methods.
The benefits of using Virtual Reality in education and training are endless. While it increases learners’ knowledge of a subject, it also cuts the time that students spend learning from a textbook, and instead improves practical aspects of a course. It increases learners' muscle memory, enabling them to perfect skills and tasks. VR motivates learners to interact and actively participate instead of shying away from taking part. Using VR can also be used on an international level as it works beyond language barriers due to its practical element. It boosts learners' creativity, efficiency, imagination, interest, and co-ordination. Finally, it is an enjoyable way to learn, something that is fun while also challenging.
At Virtual Medical Coaching, we develop and provide virtual reality teaching systems for training medical and allied health students. Our virtual reality scenarios provide realistic learning experiences along with challenging assessment tasks, enabling learners to perfect their skills from the comfort of their own home if necessary. Scenarios reflect reality and, using the data from adaptive learning techniques, encourage learners to work on areas of weaknesses that need improving.
Through adaptive learning, VR is exceeding our expectations, training learners with a much needed hands-on approach in complex or dangerous scenarios before they proceed to real-life training. It is an invaluable tool that will cut studying time while producing high-quality professionals who’ve gained from much-enhanced training and guidance.