Personalizing the Learning Experience: Integrating Adaptive Elements in Online Courses


Supporting the learning needs of students in online courses is commonly perceived as challenging for instructors, as the time and effort needed to master particular concepts may vary widely. Adaptive learning, an educational method which adapts presentation of material and assessment according to students’ unique learning needs, is gaining popularity in online courses. In this session, we will provide an overview of adaptive learning approaches, describe real-life examples, consider the instructor’s role in personalizing the experience, share available support and resources, and encourage a call to action for attendees. Specifically, an instructor’s experience of integrating personalized adaptive elements into online courses using the Realizeit platform will be presented.


Debbie Hahs-Vaughn, PhD

Debbie Hahs-Vaughn, PhDProfessor
Department of Educational and Human Sciences
College of Education and Human Performance
University of Central Florida

Debbie L. Hahs-Vaughn is a Professor in the Methodology, Measurement, & Analysis Program in the College of Education and Human Performance, and Assistant Vice Provost for Faculty Excellence at UCF. She teaches graduate courses in quantitative statistics, primarily in online and blended formats. Dr. Hahs-Vaughn has recently integrated adaptive learning elements to allow online students to more directly control and engage in their learning and, from an instructional vantage, to provide a richer learning environment.

Corrinne Stull, MA

Corrinne Stull, MAInstructional Designer
Center for Distributed Learning
University of Central Florida

Corrinne Stull established her career with the Center for Distributed Learning (CDL) in 2012, serving on the Techrangers team to help develop and maintain courses taught online at UCF. She joined the Instructional Design team at CDL in 2014, focusing on courses using adaptive learning software. Corrinne specializes in personalized adaptive learning and also works with accessibility and the use of OER materials.

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