Technology has taken a vital role in providing education to students of all ages and grades.

With advanced technologies being introduced in all spheres of education, adaptive learning is the old gold. 

Adaptive learning responds to the learner's knowledge level through performance and presents interactive challenges based on their performance to help them progress.

This unique learning process has its origins in the artificial-intelligence movement and began gaining popularity in the 1970s. During that course of time, Adaptive Learning was commonly accepted that computers would eventually achieve the human ability of adaptivity. However, at that time, the main barrier was the cost and size of the computers, rendering the widespread application impractical.

Adaptive learning works on all levels of education, including first-grade students up to adults studying for their professional exams.

Since people learn in many different ways, adaptive learning resolves the concerns of personalized learning by addressing the differences in ability and providing customized learning practices and solutions.

This post brings examples of a few adaptive learning technologies that every educator must know.

Smart Sparrow

The San Francisco-based firm Smart Sparrow was born out of a research group (the Adaptive Learning group) in Australia back in 2011. The e-learning platform is specialized in adaptive and interactive learning experiences.

We cannot deny that online learning attracts many people because it is flexible and accessible. However, Smart Sparrow has recognized that the online learning process often rejects many students and teachers. That is why, to solve this problem, Smart Sparrow launched a face-to-face experiment for students to make their learning as practical as possible.

Smart Sparrow is half a platform and half a service – providing both the platform and support teachers need to develop their plans and guide learners based on their feedback. Smart Sparrow is a unique differentiator for adaptive learning technologies since many products rely on algorithms that customize teachers' unique customization.


Founded in 2008, Knewton is dedicated to giving higher education teachers as much information as possible. Knewtons' learning analytics deliver student insights to educators to understand which lessons stick and which do not. Furthermore, this platform grabs additional data from the provided course materials to understand which content is the most effective and shares how students interact with the materials to be updated and optimized.

With Alta in its classroom, Knewton brings classrooms together.

This adaptive technology works for such complicated materials as a CPA exam course and higher education students. A specific example is a didactic material provided by Knewton on its Alta platform. Its value lies in its integrated structure that fills the gap between instructors and students.

Alta specializes in making itself part of the lesson plans and program, regardless of what they look like. For students, this adaptive technology utilizes data collection comparatively to elevate levels of understanding individually and in groups. The individual learning style is designed in every course with everything one needs to teach the topic.

This design aligns with set standards that are accessible and allow for total student involvement. From an administrative and institutional point, there is no way to go wrong using the Knewton software.

DreamBox Learning

DreamBox Learning is an excellent software application when it comes to meeting the special needs of K-to-8 students.

It is different from other adaptive programs in that it focuses on mathematics.

This software provides adaptive lessons to students on math and shares information on their progress with educational instructors. When a learner has the tools to make mathematic connections independently, it makes teaching them easier. This accessibility provides educators and students with common ground to meet.

One of the most impressive things about DreamBox is that it allows parents to choose their children's math courses. Depending on the technology and instructional skills required, the software changes to challenge students appropriately. Beyond the technique and technology, education administrators need the tools used to comply with specific standards. This adaptive learning software does all this while being integrated into the educational regulations already in force.


EdApp provides an excellent example of an adaptive learning platform. It enables a learning continuum through its continuous learning support for users. All lessons are readily editable, meaning learning and development managers can modify and add information based on the current climate.

The Surgent Platform

Surgent for CPA Exams is an excellent Adaptive Learning Example. To help learners succeed, the software assesses a general overview of a person's skill set in the first place, then shares weak and strong points with them.

The collection and analysis of individual competencies take place on a platform that provides integrated information and questions, work-related simulations and an efficient course structure. It comes all together in the automated study plans harnessing the attention of exam takers to boost their confidence and performance levels. Using adaptive learning is ideal for an institution that specializes in preparing individuals for professional exams.


The ScootPad (Mosaic by ACT) ensures skill mastery through adaptive learning. This platform specializes in picking up on little red flags and learning speed bumps for K-8.

Moreover, it helps teachers accomplish the most rewarding and difficult task of shaping the minds of young learners in thinking machines. Sometimes, this means to move at a distinctly different learning pace within a classroom. While not highlighting students who need extra support and encouragement.

The concept behind ScootPad is that not all learners will be able to understand each concept at once. To overcome this, it uses real-time technology. This unique technology helps students with hands-on exercises, assessment, comprehension and catch-up lessons in subjects as needed. In addition, when corrective action is required, ScootPad evaluates and helps students with personalized knowledge to improve and move forward easily. This happens with Mastery Checkpoints to ensure concepts are understood and maintained before moving a student to the next lesson.

ScootPad's versatility makes it a very popular choice among teachers—the software provides several levels of automation so that you can be as hands-on as you would like. The platform is used by nearly 220,000 educators and more than 2 million learners to transform their learning experiences. ScootPad's integrated schools have seen incredible growth in standardized state tests, with 21% English and 7% math.


Quizalize helps teachers turn any boring tests into fun, interactive games with many choices to pick from. As a definite benefit, this adaptive technology transforms difficult topics into fun activities for classrooms to promote healthy learning habits. It transforms so-called challenging tasks into easier tasks and activities to encourage student participation. The platform has more than 100,000 quizzes to choose from, and they are available on a whiteboard platform that tracks student progress instantaneously to help teachers keep them motivated.


Known for its exceptional learning approach, Socrative uses more than half a dozen different adaptive technology components to provide its learners and educators with a system that benefits both of them.

The platform offers a robust selection of activities to engage students and provide immediate feedback to their teachers. The designed activities include quizzes especially designed to stimulate student learning. If a task does not work for a particular student or group of learners, they can select a different course program.


Designed to elevate the adult learner, this adaptive learning technology trains users to use their brains more accurately and productively while entertaining them at the same time. This self-improvement occurs in the form of dozens of games that enhance skills in mathematics, reading, writing, oral expression and listening.

There are two important things about Elevate that make it extremely helpful. One is the ability of the app to track improvement. Secondly, it is backed by extremely authoritative research.


SplashLearn is one of the best adaptive learning platforms that help children become mathematically dependent at a young age. 

The activities include a myriad of topics and different styles of mathematical games for children to choose from. It helps children learn effortlessly as they play. In addition, Splash Math is aligned with kindergarten to Grade 5 learning standards. It also allows instant follow-up and motivating young minds. Last year the company expanded its award-winning learning program loved by over 40 million kids by introducing ELA practice.

Fulcrum labs

Fulcrum Labs' adaptive technology almost acts as a personal teaching coach and tutor. The platform's learning tool uses artificial intelligence that makes connections and predicts learners' progress and risks.

The programs designed can be tailored to improve real-world skills along with specific subject areas. This allows faster training and progress on particular skill mastery as needed for the learner. This learning structure is perfect where detailed information and learning must be retained, especially for students in colleges and universities, as it brings performance-driven curriculums with traditional critical thinking concepts via online tools together.


This Math learning platform specializes in educating students regardless of communication barriers. The platform offers learning opportunities in more than forty different languages, along with real-time reports and intelligent algorithms. The platform focuses on student interaction and draws out learning potential helping the educator help students as and where needed. The platform leverages the power of gamification to engage and teach students math in grades K to 6 using hands-on and interactive mini-games.


Prodigy teaches math through games, but differently. The tool offers a curriculum-aligned math game that adjusts content to complement different learning styles and help learners with trouble. For instance, if a player can't answer a grade-level question, the game will automatically deliver problems to help the learner build a specific skill that was not up to the mark. Their game-based learning is trusted by over 100 million students and 1.5 million teachers globally, something that we think you should give a try.


Classk12 is an intelligent tool that can benefit students who want to work on math and grammar concepts. It is a tablet and smartphone app that offers math and grammar lessons for students in the grade k-6 at the common core level. Their personalised adaptive learning program is designed to help students perform better and enhance teacher productivity with immersive practices available on their app. the app uses gamification to engage students in learning. The platform brings together cognitive research and learning technologies to enable personalised learning in the classroom.


ALEKS is McGraw-Hill's adaptive learning system for math, science and business courses which targets high school and university students. The platform uses machine learning based on Knowledge Space Theory. The platform efficiently develops and maintain a detailed map of each student's knowledge. Every student on the platform can access the course and learning material based on their knowledge and ability in real-time. This means ALEKS knows, at each moment, with respect to each topic in the course, whether the student has mastered that topic and is ready to learn it now.

ALEKS facilitates super-effective learning by providing students with a selection of the topics they are currently ready to learn. Since the student is always working at the boundary of their current knowledge, they are not frustrated or bored as they work on material that isn't too easy or too hard for them. Instead, the student's confidence and learning momentum build as they are challenged to work on and masters each new topic.

Also KidAptive, now a part of McGraw Hill Education, is an innovative edtech company offering adaptive learning tools for kids. their tools enable personalised learning for children increasing engagement, optimising learning, and improving outcomes for kids worldwide. Through innovative technology, applied psychometrics, and a learning sciences team anchored by Stanford University, the company empowers a whole new generation of learners right from their initial years of education.

Kidaptive's Learning Platform has AI-based algorithms that educational companies use to collect the data, which is used to increase learner engagement and improve outcomes. Kidaptive's Adaptive Learning Platform is the world's first cloud-computing platform designed by learning scientists to measure and predict performance and progress in any digital learning product, using advanced machine-learning algorithms to analyse learner data and map underlying patterns and relationships. This ALP is designed to draw from diverse sources-learning activities, assessments, parent/educator input, and even from different products—to produce a holistic picture of the learner's proficiency, progress, preferences, and passions.

ConveGenius' PAL LAB

PAL Lab follows a nudged learning approach in which a series of nudges, both automatic and manual, teaches a child effectively in a self-paced and adaptive environment. Teaching & Learning in a PAL Lab happens through their personalised and adaptive learning platform. The platform is available in online, offline and hybrid models that can adapt its learning trajectories to cater to individual needs. The learning content is provided in all forms from the best creators in the market, and the in-house experts curate it and map it to standard curriculum frameworks. Their advanced and engaging assessments are adaptive to users' knowledge levels and feature real-time reporting and diagnostics.


The decacorn startup of India and the global edtech leader, Byju, features unique learning journeys, actionable feedback, recommendations, and guided paths for students to help them achieve their learning goals. Their AI-powered self-learning app specializes in learning and adapting from the students who spend their time with the app and understand their proficiency level in subject knowledge. The capabilities and proficiency levels determine the learning journeys for each student. The content presented is then personalised according to their needs.

One of the acquired companies by BYJU's, Toppr, is a great example of adaptive learning. Now part of BYJU’s, Toppr is one of the first edtech companies that made a place in the Indian edtech market. It is an online tutoring startup that is working to provide quality K-12 education in India. The solution prepares students for school and competitive exams. The tool is ideal for students from class 5 to class 12. Toppr is backed by Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, and Big data that studies students' behaviours and create a personalised learning plan to help students work on the gaps and achieve success in their education journey. The app also offers online classes and doubt sessions with instant solutions to students' queries. The platform has a user base of over 13 million users.


The Next NLP App by Next Education offers a complete K12 solution that features Adaptive assessments as a part of their Learning Management System. The solution is based on a customized version of the Item Response Theory. This means the platform raises a mid-level question to students, and if they answer it correctly, they will receive a question of a higher difficulty level. If they answer it wrong, they will face a question of a lower difficulty level. This allows mapping the present knowledge state of the individual being assessed and proposes what the person is ready to learn further or need help with.


Embibe uses a unique mix of Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning to understand students' learning patterns and existing knowledge to build on, which is unique to every student. Based on the data, the platform accordingly suggests the most effective and suitable personalised learning path for the user, aiding them to achieve real-life goals, irrespective of their level of ability, exposure and access. A part of Embibe, Funtoot offers an adaptive learning solution for maths and science learning. The platform offers scientifically created and evaluated tests & exams to help students resolve their learning gaps and build a foundation for success ahead. The tool allows educators to save valuable time using their tools for exam preparation and activities.


Be A Wiz helps children build a strong foundation for future academic success by providing an interactive and engaging assessment program that adapts to each user. The platform uses artificial intelligence algorithms to integrate assessments with instruction and helps students learn and excel in their academic goals. The platform uses a unique adaptive technology to help students figure out their knowledge gaps and work on those gaps with its targeted instructions.


Smartail introduces us to Deepgrade, an AI-powered platform for learning and grading to solve the education segment's key pain points. DeepGrade helps in identifying learning gaps and guiding the user to improve on those gaps and learn efficiently. The platform can quickly evaluate handwritten and digital content. Users can easily Create questions and understand their chapter classification quickly. This intelligent platform creates scoring exactly near human grading of student content. The platform also features a Natural language Processing ( NLP ) powered context grading methodology that can evaluate each content for its intent, meaning, similarity and many similar parameters to provide near-human accuracy in content Grading.


It is a Samsung-funded edtech company headquartered in South Korea and has an office presence in India. The company's offerings include clicker-based classroom response systems and AI-powered self-assessment solutions. The company offers its clicker solution under the "Class Saathi" brand in India and under the "Class Key" brand elsewhere. Their solution, Class Saathi, offers free virtual education support to students in grades 6 to 10. Class Saathi is a mobile application developed for revision purposes to help students perform better in academics. The app offers Unlimited CBSE Practice papers, personalised question recommendations based on students' performance through its AI Engine, customisable mock tests and daily quizzes, and real-time statistics & in-depth analysis reports of students' performance. The tool is beneficial to students for practising and can be used by educators to track their students' performance.

Jungroo Learning

Jungroo Learning is a SaaS-based EdTech Company that helps educators and organizations understand and chart their student's journey in and out through an AI-powered adaptive engine. Think of Jungroo as a GPS for educators to locate learners' correct and most efficient learning path. The company offers AI algorithms that give the full scope of personalized practice and learning solutions for learners.

Counting Well

Counting Well is a Mobile-based platform providing Math learning solutions. The app offers personalized learning to students through its AI-driven algorithm. It identifies the learning gaps in students' performance and delivers personalized learning plans for every user. The product caters to students of classes 6-8 and follows NCERT Syllabus, including CBSE. A unique feature of CountingWell is its 20-minutes' maths workouts' challenge. It is specifically designed to minimise screen-time while delivering maximum learning in just 20-minute math workouts every day.

These are some great examples of adaptive learning that educators must explore. Did we miss any important adaptive learning player in the list above? Do share with us in the comments section below!

About the Author
Author: Priyanka Gupta
Priyanka is a blogger by profession and has an increasing interest to write about the edtech space. While writing she keeps in mind the educators to come up with right resources and ideas which might be relevant for them in relation to effective use of technology in their profession and institutions/classrooms.
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