Monday, November 16, 2009

Technology supported adaptive learning

The key to technology supported education is effective engagement of the interest of the learner. You'll be interested to know... there's an app for that.

Smart.fm is an adpative learning application that helps people remember new information by presenting it at a frequency and schedule that is most likely to support learning.

According to TechnologyReview.com, Smart.fm's "algorithms determine how often to present a piece of information to the user and in what context. For example, a completely new word and its translation are shown frequently, and a user is asked relatively easy questions about them, designed to jog the memory. But once the user has demonstrated the ability to recall that word and its meaning, this information will appear less often.

'Efficiency is the main thing,' Lewis says. 'We want to optimize the sweet spot between the minimum number of times you have to see an item and the maximum effectiveness of that presentation.'"

Read the article here.



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