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Apr 30, 2024

Adaptive courses come in many forms, but generally respond to the learner’s existing knowledge and skills: thereby optimizing the time to completion. But do they improve learning outcomes? 

In this week’s episode of The Mind Tools L&D Podcast, Ross G and Owen are joined by Roy de Vries, Learning Innovator at aNewSpring, to explore the results of an experiment they ran to compare adaptive vs linear courses. 

We discuss: 

  • Forms of adaptive learning content; 

  • The potential advantages of adaptive learning; 

  • The results of an experiment carried out by aNewSpring. 

Details of the study we discussed are online at:  

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In ‘What I Learned This Week’, Owen recommended the book Smart Swam, by Peter Millers. 

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