Colleges are beginning to use technology that adapts to individual student's learning habits.
Colleges all over the country are beginning to use programs such as CogBooks, Adapt Courseware and Knewton to give their students a more adaptive way of learning. Integrating this kind of adaptive teaching style into technologies and teaching programs allows the students to have a more tailored learning experience. These programs take into account how well students perform on questions to teach them in a way that allows them to score higher. If one student performs better after watching an informative video as opposed to reading text, the program will supply the student with a video when ever possible. These programs can also assist the teacher in the classroom by providing feedback about students. Programs like these are able to let the professor know how well a student is doing in the class or how the class is doing as a whole. They can see, for example, that these 5 students aren't doing well in the class and need more attention, or these other students are doing very well and might need to be more engaged in the topic. Also, the program can tell if the majority of the class did not understand one concept and the professor will then know to review this topic more, without having to waste time having the students tell them this. Adaptive learning has been implemented and been seen to work well with college students, however the programs and technologies are not as intuitive to the professors as their creators might have hoped. To combat this, the developers of these programs are working to make their usability more innate, or are just hiring people to help teach professors and or students how to integrate these technologies into their courses.