A former coworker was telling me about a discussion about the impact of Adaptive Learning, and she thought I should do a Fried Training Talk on the topic.
For those of you who don’t know Adaptive Learning is: a computer-based and/or online educational system that modifies training materials in response to student performance. Think of it as sophisticated testing out, where the training is automatically adapted based on what people show they already know or can easily figure out.
Their discussion suggested that Subject Matter Experts turned Trainers will need to either grow their instructional design knowledge or go back to just being SMEs again, particularly when it comes to understanding how to properly assess learning. Some of the reasoning here is if we create assessments that don’t properly demonstrate changed behavior, how can we be sure the instruction is being accurately adapted for the learner?
This is only one impact Adaptive Learning programs might have on the training industry, what other impacts do you think wider use of adaptive learning might have on those of us that develop training and on those being trained?