Evaluating the bones of adaptive learning: Do the initial promises really increase student engagement and flexible learning within first year anatomy subjects?

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Knowledge of human anatomy is essential in first-year undergraduate allied health courses. Traditionally this discipline has used time and resource intensive laboratory classes, however recent changes in resourcing and student learning preferences have led to a combination of pedagogical approaches being used. The aim of this study was to examine whether the use of Smart Sparrow adaptive and interactive online resources provided real flexibility in learning and influenced both student engagement and motivation to learn for allied health students studying first year anatomy. Twenty adaptive online anatomy lessons were created. These adaptive lessons were evaluated with (i) a student survey amd (ii) inbuilt learning analytics (n = 157). Our results showed that a total of 96% of students agreed or strongly agreed that the resources enhanced overall engagement in the subject and 96% found the resource easy to access. Overall our findings revealed that students overwhelmingly engaged with the lessons, and self-reported improvements in their learning through repeated use of flexible and adaptive learning resources.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHEAd'19
Subtitle of host publication5th International conference on higher education advances
EditorsJosep Domenech, Paloma Merello, Elena de la Poza, Desamparados Blazquez , Raul Pena-Ortiz
PublisherEditorial Universitat Politècnica de València
Number of pages9
ISBN (Print)9788490486610
Publication statusPublished - 2019
Event5th International Conference on Higher Education Advances: HEAd'19 - Universitat Politècnica de València, Valencia, Spain
Duration: 26 Jun 201928 Jun 2019
Conference number: 5
http://www.headconf.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/HEAd19-program.pdf (conference program)
https://archive.headconf.org/head19/index.html (Conference website)


Conference5th International Conference on Higher Education Advances
OtherThis conference is an excellent forum for researchers and practitioners to exchange ideas, experiences, opinions and research results relating to the preparation of students, teaching/learning methodologies and the organization of educational systems.
Topics of interest include, but are not limited to, the following topic areas:

Innovative materials and new tools for teaching
Teaching and learning experiences
Educational technology (e.g., virtual labs, e-learning)
Evaluation and assessment of student learning
Emerging technologies in learning (e.g., MOOC, OER, gamification)
Scientific and research education
Experiences outside the classroom (e.g., practicums, mobility)
New teaching/learning theories and models
Globalization in education and education reforms
Education economics
Entrepreneurship and learning for employment
Education accreditation, quality and assessment
Competency-based learning and skill assessment
Internet address


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