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Adaptive learning through technology: a technical review and implementation

Clay Gransden (Liverpool John Moores University, Liverpool, UK)
Matthew Hindmarsh (Liverpool John Moores University, Liverpool, UK)
Ngoc Chi (Hanoi University of Science and Technology, Hanoi, Vietnam)
Thi-Huyen Nguyen (Hanoi University of Science and Technology, Hanoi, Vietnam)

Higher Education, Skills and Work-Based Learning

ISSN: 2042-3896

Article publication date: 25 September 2023

Issue publication date: 2 April 2024

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Abstract

Purpose

There is an increase globally of students using technology to support their learning. The purpose of this paper is to outline the technical aspects of adaptive learning and contribute to the development of pedagogy that incorporates this method in teaching and learning.

Design/methodology/approach

This is a technical review article that summarises key guidance on the application of adaptive learning and then reflects on its application in a UK and Vietnamese context.

Findings

Initial analysis demonstrates that learning can occur asynchronously because of students engaging with adaptive learning. Issues and recommendations were derived from the reflections and practice of both UK and Vietnamese practitioners. Recommendations focussed on the more practical elements of constructing and maintaining adaptive learning. Questions were then constructed to make the decision of whether to implement adaptive learning into teaching and learning practices.

Originality/value

This academic commentary reflects on the implementation of asynchronous learning adaptive technologies in both the UK and Vietnam, specifically exploring the use of a “mastery path” and “computerised adaptive testing” to enhance student understanding.

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Acknowledgements

This paper was supported by The Digi:Doi Consortium. The Consortium is part funded by a UK–Viet Nam Partnerships for Quality and Internationalisation grant from the British Council. The UK–Viet Nam Partnerships for Quality and Internationalisation grants support capacity building, knowledge exchange and collaboration activities between UK and Viet Nam higher education sector at system and institution level in Digital Transformation. UK–Viet Nam Partnerships for Quality and Internationalisation is part of a wider British Council programme called Going Global Partnerships, which builds stronger, more inclusive, internationally connected higher education and TVET systems.

Citation

Gransden, C., Hindmarsh, M., Lê, N.C. and Nguyen, T.-H. (2024), "Adaptive learning through technology: a technical review and implementation", Higher Education, Skills and Work-Based Learning, Vol. 14 No. 2, pp. 409-417. https://doi.org/10.1108/HESWBL-05-2023-0121

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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