Knewton launches free, open adaptive learning platform

By Laura Devaney
August 31st, 2015

‘Friendly robot-tutor in the sky’ delivers on-demand, hyper-personalized learning

open-adaptiveAdaptive learning provider Knewton has launched a free, open personalized learning platform. Any individual can create or use state-of-the-art supplemental lessons to provide students with unique learning paths in real-time.

Knewton’s adaptive-learning platform transforms any content into a data-rich version of itself, then bundles together those pieces of content that are best for each student based on exactly what she knows and how she learns best.

Knewton will host open content and free supplemental lessons on a wide variety of subjects and grade levels, starting with K-12 math, English, science, and history.

“Think of it as a friendly robot-tutor in the sky,” said Jose Ferreira, Knewton founder and CEO. “Knewton plucks the perfect bits of content for you from the cloud and assembles them according to the ideal learning strategy for you, as determined by the combined data-power of millions of other students.”

A student who wants to learn algebra can select the corresponding assignments and start using her own free, personalized learning application comprising all algebra. Or, to improve her skills at particular algebra concepts, she can create her own lesson for just those concepts. Knewton’s open platform is as broad as the content that users upload. Once enough users add content on a given subject it automatically springs to life and becomes adaptive.

Knewton is a signatory to the Student Privacy Pledge. Knewton only collects and analyzes student data that Knewton believes can improve learning outcomes, and only the student (or her parent) controls with whom Knewton shares those data. Knewton does not sell student personal data.

For students, Knewton captures metadata and stores it in students’ private profiles. Every time a student uses Knewton, lessons become even more personalized and effective for her in particular and for others similar to her. Over time, the compounding effect of each student’s activity makes learning new concepts easier for every student.

“Educators have created unfathomable quantities of high-quality learning materials,” said Knewton COO David Liu. “Until now, much of this content has been trapped on teacher’s PCs, meaning some of the world’s best materials are only used by handfuls of students. Knewton finds the best pieces of content for students and teachers based on learning outcomes to improve efficacy and save time.”

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