Encyclopedia of the Sciences of Learning

2012 Edition
| Editors: Norbert M. Seel

Adaptive Learning Systems

Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4419-1428-6_534



Adaptive learning systems (often called adaptive learning environments) aim at supporting learners in acquiring knowledge and skills in a particular learning domain. The goal is to enhance the individual learning process with respect to speed, accuracy, quality and quantity of learning. A wide range of different adaptation techniques is used in current adaptive learning environments. The application of these techniques is based on information about a particular learner stored in an individual learner model.

Theoretical Background

Adaptive learning systems can be traced back to two different points of origin, the research in intelligent tutoring systems on the one side and the growing interest in web-based learning on the other side. Along with the progress in machine learning and artificial intelligence, intelligent tutoring systems have been developed. These systems are aimed at supporting the learner in his or her learning process...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PsychologyUniversity of Education FreiburgFreiburgGermany