Personalized Learning Services

The Personalized Adaptive Learning (PAL) team at the UCF’s Center for Distributed Learning assist faculty members to design and develop courses using adaptive learning systems.

What is Personalized Adaptive Learning?

Personalized or adaptive learning is a software platform approach to provide each student with an individualized learning experience by allowing them to progress along their unique learning path through the course content based on learners’ needs. Adaptive learning systems will customize the presentation of the content or present new concepts to the student based on their individual activities and responses.

At UCF, Personalized Adaptive Learning (PAL) is a class attribute that may apply to any type of course (e.g. W, M, RA, P). Class attributes are displayed in the course description returned by the class search tool in In a PAL course, a portion of the overall online content is delivered via an adaptive learning system that customizes objective-driven content and assessments to create a personalized learning path for each student according to their knowledge, skills, and learning needs.

Currently, there are multiple personalized learning systems utilized by instructors from different disciplines at UCF. We provide instructional design and course development services for instructors who are teaching adaptive courses in Realizeit, ALEKS, LearnSmart and Pearson’s MyLab/Mastering, etc. In particular, CDL has partnered with Realizeit to build adaptive learning courses using institutional content, open educational resources (OER), publisher content and various media since Spring 2014. Adaptive learning has been piloted in College of Business Administration, College of Education and Human Performance, College of Engineering and Computer Science, College of Nursing, College of Sciences, and more.

What Services Do We Offer?

The PAL instructional designers facilitate the design and development of adaptive courses through a combination of face-to-face consultations, just-in-time training and ongoing professional development (PAL6000). We work very closely with faculty members to design adaptive instructional strategies, develop course content and assessment, and provide technical and pedagogical support during course delivery.

If you are interested in adopting adaptive technologies in your teaching, please contact for detailed information.

PAL Publications & Presentation Recordings

Chen, B., Bastedo, C., Kirkley, D., Stull, C., & Tojo, J. (2017). Designing personalized adaptive learning courses at the University of Central Florida. ELI Brief. EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative.

Kirkley, D., & Muhs, T. (2017). Taking a different path: Strategies for personalized adaptive teaching and learning. ELI Webinar. EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative.

Hahs-Vaughn, D., & Stull, C. (2016). Personalizing the learning experience: Integrating adaptive elements in online courses. UCF Faculty Seminars in Online Teaching.

Research publications by RITE.