A study conducted across the United States revealed that higher education institutions faced instructional and learning challenges—almost 25% of freshmen dropout of college in the first semester.
Full-time students today reportedly studied for an average of 14 hours per week, when compared to students in 1971, who studied for 24 hours per week.
The industry is observing a shift from just books to education. Publishers are looking at ways to offer content that enables highly adaptive learning experiences. The proportion of Americans reading ebooks in 2013 has shot up to 28% from 23% in 2012, paving way for the popularity of e-reading and e-learning.
Now, almost 50% of Americans have either a tablet or e-reader, up from 43% in 2013, and even more significantly from 2012.
With the rise in e-reader and tablet ownership, most users aged 18 and above use handheld devices for e-reading. This has proven to be beneficial for adaptive learning, with students carrying their iPads, tablets, and smartphones to classrooms.
Modern technology is transforming digital education beyond just online learning to a more personalized learning experience. It is expected that over the period 2013-2018, the global eLearning market will grow at a compound annual growth rate of 5.23%.
Adaptive learning is the latest trend to gain momentum in 2013. The concept is moderated and delivered based on the student’s knowledge consumption capability. It includes specifically designed targeted study paths that help enhance students’ understanding of subjects.
This is an expanding area of research and development, which uses sophisticated algorithm technology to continually assess students’ confidence levels, knowledge, and skills. It works in the similar way as that of the traditional form of teaching. Adaptive learning technology offers smart study tools to engage and assist students in their learning outside of the classroom. Moreover, it helps them in understanding the areas where improvement is required. Easily downloadable, it empowers students to drive their learning by this intelligently advanced technology. The system also keeps a track of individual student progress and, based on their performance, periodic progress reports are generated. It also supports instructors’ teaching goals. Many institutions are incorporating this modern method of learning.
Having collaborated with a number of big names in the publishing industry, we at Impelsys have gained insights about various reading and buying behaviors of readers across the world. By putting our wealth of experience and knowledge to work, we have developed our breakthrough platforms – iPublishCentral and KnowledgePlatform. With our platform solutions, we are anticipating a convergence in learning. We will soon be at a stage where through our range of flexible solutions, we will be able to empower publishers and educational institutions to not just deliver books but also deliver an online learning experience.
iPublishCentral offers enriched eBooks with a robust Learning Plan Integration (LPI). Our latest innovation of the LPI with eBooks takes digital learning to the next level. These eBooks empower publishers to offer a great interactive learning experience to readers. This helps readers access content from eBooks to create their own learning plan.
With learners and instructors consuming content online, adaptive learning is emerging as an efficient, flexible, and modern alternative for enhanced learning.
This blog was featured in Digital Book World: http://www.digitalbookworld.com/2014/how-digital-reading-and-adaptive-learning-are-revolutionizing-education/