Adaptive Learning

Florida Virtual School Taps Private Partner for Adaptive Learning

Florida Virtual School (FLVS) is teaming with a private partner to provide personalized learning for its students.

FLVS will partner with Knewton, which will provide a data analytics engine to build and power adaptive learning courses. The new courses will be piloted in the spring with a wider release for more than 200,000 students in grades K-12 in the following years.

The new courses will make recommendations in real time for individual students based on how he or she learns, what he or she has mastered in the past, goals set with the guidance of a teacher and what has worked best for similar students.

"The technology will further personalize the learning experience for FLVS students with more sophisticated content recommendations and predictive analyses that support the FLVS competency-based instruction model," according to a news release. "One-on-one interaction between students and teachers will remain the foundation of the FLVS personalized learning model."

After selecting Knewton through a request-for-proposals process, FLVS is slated to become the first public school to use Knewton's platform to power its own content.

"FLVS has been providing one-on-one personalized education since its inception, and the student remains at the center of every decision we make," said Jodi Marshall, executive vice president of business and school solutions for Florida Virtual School, in a prepared statement. "Teaming with Knewton is another step forward towards providing all students with individualized learning and making a positive difference in their education. In this collaboration, Knewton will work with FLVS to make decisions about learning goals and to identify certain attributes of content and assessments so the algorithm can effectively work for our students."

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Joshua Bolkan is contributing editor for Campus Technology, THE Journal and STEAM Universe. He can be reached at jbolkan@gmail.com.

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