Adaptive learning came into form a few years back when researchers in education wanted to exploit modern technology for the advantage of education. Number of colleges and universities had realized that a standard catchall learning approach is not fully efficient, initial investigative models of adaptive learning brought positive results and a huge amount of investment money began to pour in to enhance the technology. According to a Gartner estimate a big chunk of the investment of $67.8 bn in technology in education sector will go towards developing adaptive learning and adaptive eBooks. With successive refinement and improvisation adaptive learning is now fully implemented in many schools and universities across the world.
The concept of adaptive eBooks takes its origin from the fact that every reader/ student has a unique learning curve and that personalized content aligned to the reader’s learning curve can promote improved learning outcomes. The method was conceived a long ago but recent spurt in technology has made it possible to capture learner data, on the basis of which the algorithm delivers different topics to the learner to master it. The topics are delivered based on the learner’s knowledge consumption capability, she doesn’t have to go through topics of which she has prior understanding, thus saving time and effort. The system also keeps a track of student’s progress and, based on her performance reports are generated, it helps in understanding the areas where more work is needed, It also supports instructor’s teaching goals.