The University of Auckland

Project #37: Adaptive learning platform that uses evidence-based learning techniques

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Evidence-based learning is the use of study techniques that are backed by scientific research; methods like Active Recall and Spaced Repetition have been shown to increase rates of learning and improve long-term memory.

Active recall is a learning technique where memory is actively stimulated through the use of questions e.g: “Who is the Prime Minister of NZ?”, rather than through passive methods such as reading and listening

Spaced repetition is another evidence-based learning technique, often used in combination with active recall through the use of flashcards. When studying using spaced repetition, if a student answers a flashcard correctly, it is shown less frequently, while if a flashcard is answered incorrectly it will appear more often. This technique allows for flashcards to not be repeated unnecessarily when the flashcard is already ‘known’.

To aid in the execution of these two learning techniques, we propose a cloud-based learning platform that uses our own spaced repetition algorithm to adapt to the users performance over time. The platform will present content via HTML-rendering flashcards (active recall). Users will be able to access the app via the web and through a mobile app.

Users of the platform will be able to create their own personal decks and flashcards and users will be share these decks publically to a shared deck repository. The platform will provide a friends list and will provide features that foster shared collaboration.

Outcome:

·       Literature review of current active learning techniques and their effectiveness

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