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Knewton Adaptive Learning Platform

By Charles G. Doe - Posted Jan 1, 2013
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Company: Knewton, Inc., 100 Fifth Ave., New York, NY 10011; Website:

Price: Contact Knewton for information about the cost of Knewton’s college-level math product. Most products containing Knewton are web-based subscription services. Developers should contact Knewton about incorporating their technology into developer products.

Audience: Knewton’s technology can be adapted to nearly any age level. Its math and test prep classes are intended for high school and college level students.

Format: Knewton’s technology is used with computer and web-based programs, using content in any format appropriate for those platforms.

System Requirements: A reasonably current computer and browser are required. Beyond that, contact the developing company for specific requirements.

Description: Knewton is a technology that transforms any computer or web-based content into a personalized experience for each learner, keeps track of progress, and recommends future study.

Overall Rating:4 Stars
Ease of Use:A
Product Support:A

Reviewer Comments:

Installation: Incorporating Knewton into another program requires programming. Installation of programs containing Knewton varies with specific products. Most programs incorporating Knewton technology are web-based subscriptions. Installation Rating: A

Content/Features: Knewton Adaptive Learning Platform is a “recommendation engine,” or a platform that enables adaptive learning, which is a teaching method that adapts curriculum to users as they work their way through it. Knewton keeps track of student progress through the material, measures learning, and determines the course of future study.

Adaptive learning refers to a system that is continuously adaptive, responding to real-time individual performance and activity. It increases the likelihood that students will obtain their learning objectives by providing the right instruction about the right thing in a timely manner. Knewton does this by analyzing materials based on numerous data points, including concepts, structure, and difficulty level. Then, sophisticated algorithms are used to recommend the perfect activity for each student, constantly.

Knewton can even recommend courses, Netflix-style, based on students’ academic records, employing data mining tools. In education, this ability can be far more powerful than mining consumer purchasing or social profiles.

The company has incorporated the technology into Knewton Math Readiness, a college- level course, and GMAT and SAT test-preparation materials. The math program is a web-based course that helps students get up-to-speed on college-level math. Pearson is one of the companies that has licensed Knewton, using it in MyLab, a digital education product. Hundreds of thousands of students at schools across the country currently use Pearson MyLab with Knewton Adaptive Learning in subjects such as reading, economics, math, and writing. Knewton provides every student with a continuously personalized pathway through course content.

It transforms content into a personalized experience for each learner, making these courses ideal for flipped classrooms. Students can do computerized, web-based course work at home and receive help with troublesome material at school while Knewton keeps track of their progress and areas in which they need further attention as well as next steps. Other companies using Knewton include game and app developers, corporate training for training materials, and media companies. Content/Features Rating: A

Ease of Use: Knewton and associated products take advantage of increasing student and teacher familiarity with internet-based courses and provide intuitive interfaces and documentation. Ease of Use Rating: A

Product Support: Students using Knewton products can email Excellent support is also available from individual developers such as Pearson. Product Support Rating: A

Recommendation: Knewton Adaptive Learning Platform is well-developed and based on very sound educational theory and practice. I recommend it and any product incorporating it for use with all students capable of independent computer work. Recommended.

Reviewer: Charles Doe ( is a 39-year teacher, including 10 years as elementary media specialist in Hastings Area Schools in Michigan. For the past 14 years, he has written articles and reviews for Internet@Schools .


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