601 Getting It Right: Fostering Adaptive Learners, Not Curriculum

10:00 AM - 11:00 AM Thursday, September 22

Data and analytics provide new opportunities for teachers and trainers to improve learning. A key development over the past few years relates to adaptive and personalized learning. Recent reports by foundations, companies, and government agencies suggest that adaptive learning is an important model for the future of learning.

To date, much of the focus has been on creating adaptive content, but that tells only part of the story. In this session, you will focus on the need to create adaptive learners—individuals who are able to self-regulate, set personal goals, select learning strategies, and monitor progress. You will explore this growing need and examine strategies for supporting adaptive learners.

George Siemens

Professor and Executive Director of the Learning Innovation and Networked Knowledge Research Lab

University of Texas, Arlington

George Siemens is a professor and executive director of the Learning Innovation and Networked Knowledge Research Lab at the University of Texas–Arlington, cross-appointed with the Centre for Distance Education at Athabasca University. He researches technology, networks, analytics, and openness in education. George’s pioneering work has been profiled in newspapers, radio, and television and received numerous awards. He is a founding president of the Society for Learning Analytics Research. George has advised government agencies in Australia, the EU, Canada, and the US, as well as international universities. In 2008, he pioneered massive open online courses, sometimes referred to as MOOCs.

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