Could my content work as an adaptive lesson?

Consider one-on-one conversations you have with students. How do they differ to the way you would present in a one-to-many situation like a lecture? It's likely that the conversation takes different directions depending on that individual student's needs, and if the student does not understand something, you would provide a customised response and possibly some examples to help the student gain a better understanding. This is adaptive learning.

This same approach can be applied to online adaptive lessons, but it would require you to anticipate in advance the potential concepts students may not understand. If you've taught the same content for a while, you will probably have come across the same misconceptions over and over. Consider these misconceptions as a starting point for an adaptive lesson. You could develop a lesson that addresses something that you find yourself repeating to students all the time. Adaptive learning is great for addressing these misunderstood concepts.

Use the template below to identify and address a commonly misunderstood concept within your content. The second page shows an example of how to use the template.

Template: Addressing a misunderstood concept

I have many ideas. Which one should I develop into a lesson?

You may have several ideas for adaptive lessons, but limited time and funding with which to develop them. The questionnaire downloadable below may help you to prioritise which lesson(s) to develop first.

Questionnaire: Prioritising Lesson Development

Which tool is right for me?

There are a number of tools that can provide a level of adaptivity to your content. Common tools with a basic level of adaptivity include Adobe Captivate, Articulate Storyline/Rise, the Adaptive Release tool in Learning@Griffith, and even Office 365 Forms.

Dedicated adaptive learning tools provide more advanced adaptivity, with complex branching based on various types of user input. Some dedicated adaptive learning tools include: Smart Sparrow, Knewton, Dreambox, UpSmart, Scootpad, CogBooks and a range of others that address specific curriculum (e.g. vocabulary or mathematics tools).

Griffith University has a licence for Smart Sparrow. At an entry level, you may also find the adaptivity features of Learning@Griffith Adaptive Release (known as "Conditional Availability" in Blackboard Ultra), or Office 365 Forms to be sufficient for your needs. The table below provides further information on tools for which Griffith University has a licence:

Tool Complexity Tool Name Adaptivity Functions
Entry Level Office 365 Forms Allows you to display a question based on the response provided to the preceding question.
Learning@Griffith Adaptive Release Allows you to display Learning@Griffith content items (e.g. text, folders, etc), based on: date range, student marks, student membership in course group, another item being marked as "reviewed". e.g. Module 2 content may be hidden until Module 1 is marked as "reviewed".
Intermediate H5P Branching Scenario (coming soon) Allows a screen, or a series of screens, to be displayed based on an answer provided to a question.
Advanced Smart Sparrow Allows a full lesson to be created with multiple screens. Screens can contain multiple question types and interactive elements. Student pathway can be determined based on question responses, time spent on screen, number of attempts, etc. Analytics provided to view student pathways.

For tools that are not hosted  or supported by Griffith University, please ensure consider the privacy and possible cost  factors are considered when selecting an appropriate solution.

Next Step

Once you have decided upon an idea you wish to develop into an adaptive lesson, the next step is to properly plan that lesson.

Planning a Lesson