Knewton launches free, open adaptive learning platform

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Adaptive learning provider Knewton has launched a free, open personalized learning platform. 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.

Amid Struggles, Knewton Names Former Pearson Exec as New CEO


Knewton pioneered adaptive-learning technology and amassed more than $157 million in venture capital, but lately the company has weathered through the loss of publishing partners and the departure of its outspoken founder. To turn things around, this week Knewton announced a new CEO , Brian Kibby, who plans to move at “lightning speed” and execute a new strategy. I said, if it’s Knewton, I’m very interested, but if it’s not Knewton, I’m not.”

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Jose Ferreira Steps Down as Knewton CEO, Eyes Next Education Startup


Knewton has decided to step down from the perch and lay low—for now. Ferreira’s decision marks the end of a nearly nine-year run at Knewton, where he strived to build technology to pinpoint what students know, don’t know and should learn next. Knewton initially applied this technology to test prep content “to convince people that our data-driven recommendations would stand,” says Ferreira.

Open Doesn’t Guarantee Outcomes: It Creates Opportunity

Iterating Toward Openness

He writes: To me, both cyberspace and OER are tools that I think can be used to generate positive outcomes, but can also (very clearly I think) be used to generate outcomes I don’t support, like political polarization or business models that sell us back our experiences rather than proprietary content. While cyberspace and OER both have inherent structural characteristics, none of those characteristics guarantee any specific social outcome.

Basketball-style breakthroughs in teaching

The Christensen Institute

Airplanes fly farther, computer processors get faster, cell phone batteries last longer, and online-learning software becomes more engaging all because of increased understanding of how inputs and processes lead to desired outcomes. For decades, basketball teams have tracked outcomes such as points, rebounds, turnovers, and fouls. Clifford Maxwell , a research assistant at the Clayton Christensen Institute, contributed to this post.

What Can Machine Learning Really Predict in Education?


Panelist Andrew Jones, a data scientist at Knewton, admitted that despite the hype, machine learning is still relatively limited in how it’s been applied, at least in the eyes of some users. Asking what is being optimized for, and why, can give you a sense of [whether a tool]is focused on student outcomes, or whether it is about getting a prediction that’s right more often.” Gather student data, make predictions about their learning—and perhaps their future.

Could Remixing Old MOOCs Give New Life to Free Online Education?


But one outcome of that push towards open online courses was plenty of high-quality teaching material. Should such features emerge, that would make the platform a free competitor to systems like Knewton, the for-profit company that was an early player in adaptive learning and now focuses on selling low-cost textbooks built around open content. “It’s It’s a little hard to tell how Knewton works because it is so proprietary,” says Lue.

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Learning From Algorithms: Who Controls AI in Higher Ed, And Why It Matters (Part 2)


Ones used directly for academics (like Knewton) or ones that are non-academic? With Knewton, that is this notion of personalized and adaptive instruction. And so what Knewton does—and what any personalized and adaptive technology does—is, you design tasks for students to do in the interface. You need to examine which modeling technique you’re using for which purpose, and then you can actually look at the outcomes to see how it works.

Yes There’s ‘Disruption’ in College Market, But the Bigger Trend Is Growth of ‘Enabler’ Companies


And, over the last year – alongside the disrupters – firms that provide technologies that help colleges and universities operate and deliver in a digital world have garnered some of the more significant venture funding rounds, including for example Panopto (lecture capture), Kaltura (video), Examity (remote proctoring), and Knewton (analytics), among others. The rallying cry among many higher-education startups is “disrupting” college as we know it.

Gamification in Education

Kevin Corbett

It is from Knewton Learning. The default environment of school often results in undesirable outcomes such as disengagement, cheating, learned helplessness, and dropping out.[Jody Below is a great infographic on Gamification in Education.

Real Questions About Artificial Intelligence in Education


Can adaptive platforms (such as ALEKS or Knewton) help students learn the facts and enable the teachers to guides? Now, say you have a neural network or some machine learning program that’s better at predicting student outcomes. Benemann: Vendors should talk about student outcomes and teacher practice. Don’t doubt it: Machine learning is hot—and getting hotter.

Fewer Deals, More Money: U.S. Edtech Funding Rebounds With $1.2 Billion in 2017


educational technology companies whose primary purpose is to improve outcomes for teachers and learners across K-12 and higher education. There’s a realization with a number of high-profile implosions or corrections, whether it’s AltSchool or Knewton , that have cooled a lot of folk’s appetite,” says Pianko. Is education technology investing back on track? Are investors still eager to put their money in education startups? The answers depend on who you ask.

5 Doubts About Data-Driven Schools

NPR Learning and Tech

In its recent announcement of new regulations, the department emphasizes " ensuring the use of multiple measures of school success based on academic outcomes, student progress, and school quality." Jose Ferreira, CEO of Knewton , said in a 2012 speech that his "adaptive learning" platform, used by 10 million students globally, collects 5 to 10 million data points per student per day — down to how many seconds it takes you to answer that algebra problem. "We

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What’s At Risk When Schools Focus Too Much on Student Data?


In its recent announcement of new regulations, the department emphasizes “ ensuring the use of multiple measures of school success based on academic outcomes, student progress, and school quality.” Jose Ferreira, CEO of Knewton , said in a 2012 speech that his “adaptive learning” platform, used by 10 million students globally, collects 5 to 10 million data points per student per day — down to how many seconds it takes you to answer that algebra problem.

The Business of 'Ed-Tech Trends'

Hack Education

Knewton (adaptive learning): $182.3 ” You’ll often hear its advocates invoke Benjamin Bloom’s 1984 study on “ the 2 Sigma Problem ” and claim that one-on-one tutoring is radically effective at improving student outcomes. Not a great outcome for a company that had raised over $77 million in venture funding and had been lauded as the future of social learning.

Education Technology and the Power of Platforms

Hack Education

” And I wondered at the time if that would be the outcome for MOOCs. ”) It was certainly the outcome that investors were hoping for Edmodo , which raised $25 million in 2012, boasting that it had 15 million users. It announced this year it was “ phasing out ” its reliance on Knewton provide those algorithms.).

The Business of Ed-Tech: 2017 So Far

Hack Education

Knewton (algorithmic textbooks) – $157.25 There are only a couple of outcomes once a company has raised venture capital. There have been several articles in the industry and investor press recently that describe the ed-tech market as “ on the rebound ,” with venture capitalists getting their “ second wind ” and finding ed-tech once again to be something worth throwing money at.

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

Knewton has partnered with WebAssign. state between 1996 and 2012, we analyze the effects of emotional shocks associated with unexpected outcomes of football games played by a prominent college team in the state. Presidential Campaign Politics. Via the Washington Post : “ Trump pitches $20 billion education plan at Ohio charter school that received poor marks from state.” ” The plan: vouchers and “ choice.”

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

“Mind-reading robo tutor in the sky” company Knewton has a new CEO , Brian Kibby , formerly with Pearson. Via Inside Higher Ed : “A new study from the Urban Institute found limited interest among prospective college student s about graduates’ labor market outcomes , despite the data’s appeal to policy makers and researchers.” (National) Education Politics.

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

“ OpenStax , Knewton introduce adaptive learning into OER.” ” Nevertheless there is no empirical evidence in the UK that shows that students from academies (which are replacing local government-run schools) or institutional competition through tuition pricing in universities is leading to better learning outcomes. Education Politics. “ U.S. Secretary of Education John B. King Jr. Statement on the Anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education.”

The Politics of Education Technology

Hack Education

I wrote about his education portfolio – it includes Clever, Knewton, and AltSchool – but I’ll revisit this topic when I tackle ed-tech and surveillance “personalization” in a subsequent article in this series.). This is part two of my annual review of the year in ed-tech. One of the challenges of writing this series – and trust me, there are many – is separating my analysis out into ten articles that name ten distinct “trends.”

The 100 Worst Ed-Tech Debacles of the Decade

Hack Education

For the past ten years, I have written a lengthy year-end series, documenting some of the dominant narratives and trends in education technology. I think it is worthwhile, as the decade draws to a close, to review those stories and to see how much (or how little) things have changed. You can read the series here: 2010 , 2011 , 2012 , 2013 , 2014 , 2015 , 2016 , 2017 , 2018 , 2019.