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Knewton for Developmental Math

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Arizona State University, the largest public campus in North America, finds that its incoming students are frequently under-prepared in mathematics and require developmental math courses.  Several years ago, ASU partnered with Knewton, a provider of online adaptive learning tools on a massive scale. (Knewton currently works with more than 100 million students, particularly in SAT and GMAT prep and math).

ASU found that blended learning math courses powered by Knewton saw better student outcomes: withdrawals dropped from 13% to just 6%,  and pass rates rose from 66% to 75%.  Students could learn at their own pace, were motivated by “badges” and contests.  Instructors were freed up from one-size-fits-all lecturing, and instead focused on coaching students through the material.

Could adaptive learning platforms be the future of math education?  Could they help motivate boys through competition and badges?  Here is what ASU faculty and provosts have to say:


Knewton is the wave of the future, so to speak.

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