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What is your opinion on adaptive learning?
With Inbloom, a data analytics company, folding up the Adaptive learning community took a step backwards. Inbloom was stared in 2011 as The Shared Learning Collaborative founded by Gates Foundation and the Carnegie Corp but left the non-profit role and re-established as Inbloom. The issue was that Inbloom not only collected educational data but went deep and personal into private information on students and families from 5 years old to college and professional learners. The risk of that much data being sold or marked far out weighed any advantages
It is estimated that the market for educational software and technology services is currently 8 billion dollars per year. There are many non-profits and companies like McGraw-Hill, Pearson, and News Corp pouring big dollars into the area.
Adaptive learning has been partially driven by a realization that tailored learning cannot be achieved on a large-scale using traditional, non-adaptive approaches. Adaptive learning systems endeavor to transform the learner from passive receptor of information to collaborator in the educational process which is the very reason we employ teachers.
So I must question what is the end goal here .... how many grants ... stimuluses ... tax write offs .... and other incentives are being employed. How would this change the educational system as we know it ... Is it possable that the system could be held hostage by corporate profit demands ... etc .... or used as a political tool.
How do you view this ......
Information for this question was taken from May 5 - 11 2014 Bloomberg Businessweek.