News Briefs, Jan. 17, 2020

January 17, 2020 | Volume 51, Number 2

John Wiley & Sons (Hoboken, NJ) in January launched Knewton Alta Calculus, a fully-digital, mastery-based adaptive learning product. Built on Knewton Alta, this is the first new course offering since Wiley acquired Knewton (New York) in May 2019. Knewton Alta Calculus provides an interactive experience tailored to each student’s learning process, skill-level and syllabus requirements. It also offers teachers the flexibility to adapt the courseware based on their preferences and class needs.

In December 2019, about 110 trainees with the U.S. Air Force’s 321st Training Squadron at the Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, TX received personal tablets as part of a six-month beta test designed to test adaptive and personalized learning in basic military training. Cerego (San Francisco), an online adaptive learning platform, and Microsoft (Redmond, WA), which provided the tablets, are part of the partnership behind the pilot program, which is designed to increase knowledge retention and give instructors real-time feedback data and analysis of student progress. The adaptive learning program replaces paper textbooks.

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