Classi, Knewton to launch adaptive learning courses abroad

By Laura Devaney
August 18th, 2015

Partnership will bring personalized learning products to high schools in Japan

adaptive-learningKnewton has announced a partnership with Classi to provide adaptive learning solutions to Japanese public schools.

Classi is a joint venture of Benesse, the largest education publisher in Japan, and renowned Japanese telecom company SoftBank. Knewton will power Classi’s digital courses to help high school students get a more personalized learning experience.

“Knewton technology understands each student’s unique strengths and areas to develop and will help individuals move ahead as efficiently as possible within Classi,” said Masaki Yamazaki, CEO of Classi. “With SoftBank’s technical expertise, Benesse’s unparalleled experience in education, and Knewton’s adaptive learning engine, we will help Japanese students excel and better support teachers.”

More than 120 Japanese high schools are using Classi. By integrating with Knewton, Classi will enable teachers to assign adaptive practice materials for high school math students.

In addition to learning content from Benesse, one of the largest education publishers in the world, Classi will feature contents from other major Japanese textbook publishers including Gakken Education Publishing Co., Ltd., KIRIHARA SHOTEN K.K., Suken Publishing Co., Ltd., Syobun Shuppan Co., Ltd., and Yamakawa Shuppansha, Ltd.

Knewton continuously identifies strengths, weaknesses, and learning patterns and recommends what content to study next. Teachers can set goals and maintain full control of the learning process, while Knewton provides continuously updated recommendations for what each student should practice next. Knewton is the most well known adaptive learning technology, embedded in products from more than 20 major publishers around the world.

“Japan’s education system has long been a pioneer in personalizing non-digital educational content and experiences,” said Jose Ferreira, founder and CEO of Knewton. “Now with Classi, Softbank, and Benesse, we’re building more personalized digital learning materials as well. This is a first for the Japanese market, and we’re excited to align with some of the most innovative companies in education in Japan.”

The partnership marks Knewton’s second major partnership in Asia and its first in Japan. Classi joins a growing list of global publishers, universities, and schools in 20 countries around the world partnering with Knewton to personalize digital courses.

Material from a press release was used in this report.

About the Author:

Laura Devaney

Laura Devaney is the Director of News for eSchool Media. She is a graduate of the University of Maryland's Philip Merrill College of Journalism. When she isn't wrangling her two children, Laura enjoys running, photography, home improvement, and rooting for the Terps. Find Laura on Twitter: @eSN_Laura