Adaptive Learning Featured in “Super-Earths and Life” Course

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The HarvardX course “Super-Earths and Life,” taught by Dimitar Sasselov, Phillips Professor of Astronomy, features adaptive learning technology, allowing researchers to investigate the impact of the technology on MOOC course design and online learning outcomes.

HarvardX technologists and VPAL researchers joined with educational technology company TutorGen to develop an adaptive learning algorithm that can dynamically change in response to student interactions. Preliminary findings suggest that the adaptive technology supports a higher efficiency of learning.


Student performance data is used by an adaptive learning engine to provide students with individualized instruction.


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