Instructional Methods and Education Models Shaping the Future of Higher Education

The higher education market is abuzz with new models, new innovations, and new ways to deliver content, engage students, and measure outcomes. As technology enables new learning experiences, instructional methods—such as Personalized Learning and Adaptive Learning as well as educational models such as Competency-Based Education (CBE)—become easier for institutions to implement and create change in the student experience.

While the education industry becomes more definitive, we see some educators using personalized and adaptive interchangeably, while others perceive a notable difference between the two. Both of these approaches do their part to combat a one-size-fits-all mentality to education, delivering a more efficient and productive learning experience that relies on individualized attention, an abundance of data, and targeted assessments. Yet, they do differ in the way that students interact with content and achieve mastery.

We view Personalized Learning and Adaptive Learning at Helix Education as instructional strategies supporting the student as an individual through intelligent course design, advanced technology, and deep data analytics. We believe CBE can take full advantage of Adaptive Learning and Personalized Learning to support an individualized path to mastery, academic credit, and on-the-job relevancy.

Based on our experience, the expertise of our academic insiders, and industry coverage, our purpose here is to provide clarity around these various approaches and highlight important considerations for each of these strategies and methodologies.

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