ASU partners with an educational technology firm to offer online math coursesArizona State University (ASU) recently announced that it has teamed up with the educational technology firm Knewton to provide online developmental and college-level math courses at the school.

The Adaptive Learning Platform program will fully incorporate college algebra and mathematics into an experience that is most beneficial to each student. For instance, Knewton optimized each enrollee's learning graph around which concepts they are weakest at and which are most important in the curriculum.

In turn, the student will then receive personalized study materials based on their strengths and how they learn best.

"The reality is that every student learns differently. Especially for many developmental and returning students, rigorous but personalized instruction may be the boost they need to succeed academically and move beyond what can be a major barrier to graduation," said Phil Regier, executive vice provost and dean of ASU Online.

Students who participate in the program will start with a preliminary test with virtual and in-person tutoring. Moreover, once they achieve college readiness in mathematics, they are able to proceed to instructor-led courses.

A 2009 report from the Sloan Consortium shows that approximately 4.6 million students were enrolled in at least one online course during the fall 2008 semester.

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