The traditional model, in the context of blended learning, refers to a pedagogy in which students’ homework covers concepts or skills that were introduced or developed in the class immediately prior. In this model, homework functions to

  • Provide additional practice opportunity;
  • Enable students to make use of and take greater ownership of new knowledge and skills; and/or
  • Demonstrate mastery or understanding.

Compare this to the role of homework in the “flipped” classroom, a pedagogical model in which the typical lecture and homework elements of a course are reversed. That is, concepts or skills are introduced to students ahead of class time through a digital medium, and in-class time is spent working with, practicing or applying students’ newly acquired knowledge or skills.

Knewton measures and reinforces in-class learning

Adaptive learning tools such as Knewton can play a role in a traditional classroom similar to their role in a flipped class, offering advantages for both teaching and learning:

  • Instructor analytics show where the class stands as a whole and how each student is faring individually.
  • Students get lots of additional practice, instruction if needed, and the opportunity to demonstrate understanding and build confidence.

In a traditional classroom using adaptive learning tools, non-adaptive assignments like quizzes or tests are still commonly used to give closure and provide classwide evidence of student learning that can be easily measured and assessed.

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