DLS adaptive learning is not just about technology … it’s about innovative solutions that improve success for students. The strength of DLS courses is based on four key features:
- Active learning by doing builds skills and knowledge
- Immediate and targeted feedback responds to learner misconceptions in real-time
- Learning pathways instantly adapt and adjust to student learning
- Learning analytics continually monitor each student’s learning process
1. Active Learning
Active learning involves doing. With tools and activities specially constructed for the DLS platform, learners are actively and experientially engaged in the learning process.
- Subject matter experts who are experienced classroom teachers, create engaging activities and interactive tools that allow learners to discover, practice and demonstrate mastery.
- Student engagement is increased due to guided discovery, exploration and the interactive nature of courses.
- Students are actively engaged in the content so they can demonstrate mastery of the subject.
- Real-world practice and application contextualizes problems and tasks so learners are presented with relevant challenges and learn content in the context of applying what they’ve learned.
- Simulations and specially designed tools allow learners to practice skills, problem solve and learn from mistakes in a risk-free environment.
- All along … students are supported with continual feedback and interventions that build skills, proficiency and understanding.
2. Immediate and Targeted Feedback
Students learn from mistakes by receiving real-time feedback and support to encourage concept mastery.
- Learners receive instant support based specifically on their answers or interactions. This leads to deeper understanding of the material, a higher level of engagement and better mastery of concepts.
- The DLS platform can adjust the level of student support and feedback to immediately correct mistakes and misconceptions.
- Feedback could be a hint or suggestion based on the student’s answer or a specific misconception… or it may be a deeper explanation, a demonstration or additional information on a specific topic.
- Different mistakes result in different feedback. Students get support specific to their interactions.
- Targeted feedback ensures that learners get the right type of instruction, about the right thing, at the right time!
3. Personalized Learning Pathways
No two students learn alike and good teachers adapt the best instructional practices to each learner. Adaptive learning is a way to make learning more like a private lesson – one teacher, one student.
- Learning pathways mean students get the right instruction, at the right time, about the right thing. Students are engaged and supported wherever they are on the learning spectrum. This is what sets DLS apart.
- DLS adaptive learning builds on what effective teachers do naturally with individual students or small groups and makes it available on a larger scale.
- DLS content experts are experienced classroom teachers and have designed pathways based on how students learn and common misconceptions about the subject matter.
- Learning pathways adapt based on individual performance making real-time adjustments to instruction.
- For students who are struggling, learning pathways can review or reteach a concept, address skill gaps, or provide additional practice toward mastery.
- Students can move at their own pace, which results in a higher number of students successfully completing a course.
4. Learning Analytics
Analytics are the GPS of student learning. The DLS platform provides actionable insights into how individual students, or groups of students, are performing at every step of the learning process.
- The DLS platform instantly tracks each learner’s performance at every point in the learning process.
- Analytics give teachers actionable insights into how students are learning, what they are able to do, and how they are responding to the content.
- Analytics illustrate the impact of each task within a lesson. Teachers can see if feedback is working to correct misconceptions and how effective learning pathways are at moving students to mastery.
- Analytics provide the information needed to continuously improve instruction based on insights into the learner experience.