FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 10/2/2015
Contact: Dr. Nishikant Sonwalkar, CEO
IntellADAPT wins NSF grant to transform STEM education
Grant funds provide free usage of Adaptive Learning platform to local schools
(Boston, MA) IntellADAPT, a leader in adaptive learning technology, recently received a Small Business Innovation Research grant from the National Science Foundation. This grant enables intellADAPT to provide its Adaptive 2.0 software platform to several universities and high schools for Introductory Physics classes at no cost for the fall semester 2015. This research will enable intellADAPT to use Big Data analysis to refine its adaptive learning algorithms in its adaptive courses.
Nishikant Sonwalkar, ScD, founder and CEO of intellADAPT, commented, “It is an honor to receive this SBIR grant from NSF. It shows confidence in our product and company, and the work we are doing to improve STEM education in the US.”
This fall semester 2015, intellADAPT is working with 21 professors and teachers and 1,000 students to better accommodate individual learner’s needs to deepen their comprehension of physics. Physics is a foundation course for so many STEM careers, including those in the health care industry, yet many students struggle through the content, get discouraged, and drop out of their dream majors as a result.
“Sometimes a learner misses a key point in a lesson, which prevents them from understanding subsequent principles. With adaptive learning and our patented Adaptive 2.0 platform, students are guided to the areas where they are weak and provided additional instruction until they demonstrate their comprehension,” according to Managing Director Sharyn Hardy, EdD. “As a result, our Adaptive Physics course not only improves learning for each individual student, but also boosts their confidence to succeed in the course and any other STEM courses they take.”
The research being conducted will study the learning trajectories of large numbers of students progressing through the physics course. This will uncover patterns that can improve understanding of learner behavior and lead to innovations in intellADAPT’s adaptive learning product for the further transformation of STEM education.
The U.S. Department of Commerce estimates that by 2018, the U.S. will have more than 1.2 million unfilled STEM jobs because there will not be enough qualified workers to fill them. IntellADAPT is positioned to ensure that US students are prepared for the exciting career opportunities in STEM-related fields.
About intellADAPT, Inc.: IntellADAPT is a pioneer in adaptive learning and is based in UMass Boston’s Venture Development Center. Founded in 2014 by Dr. Nishikant Sonwalkar, its products are based upon cognitive learning theories and the latest brain (synaptic learning) science to perform real-time analytics and drive deep comprehension. Dr. Sonwalkar holds a ScD in Molecular Dynamics from MIT, where he served on the faculty and as Principal Educational Architect. Dr. Sharyn Hardy earned a Doctorate in Education from UMass Lowell and an MBA from the Sloan School at MIT. IntellADAPT’s mission is to foster student success in STEM.