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What are the five learning models?

Apr 23, 2019 11:05:04 AM / by mikem1990

Adaptive learning is about identifying the best strategy for each individual learner. With intellADAPT, five learning models inform the different strategies for each course.


The apprenticeship learning model is based on the “learning by doing” approach. This means concepts are visualized, with emphasis on real world contexts. Practical exercises, games and simulations help learners understand concepts through the processes they inform.


Incidental learning happens when you learn something without having set out explicitly to do so. Knowledge is here a byproduct of experience. For example, we often don’t truly consider the physical properties of the machines we use until they stop working. The chain coming off your bicycle becomes an incidental occasion for learning how the chain and gears are meant to contact each other. In an academic setting, this means leading students to pick up pieces of information along the way to some other, seemingly unrelated destination.


Inductive learning happens when students extrapolate conceptual knowledge from a set of data points. Depending on the course, a student may be given a set of terms and asked to group the terms into categories. From there, they hypothesize about how those categories of terms relate to each other, refining those hypotheses as more evidence becomes available. With inductive learning, students are not simply told what’s going on: with guidance they achieve conceptual understanding through their own curiosity.


Opposed to inductive learning is deductive learning. Rather than students extrapolating conceptual knowledge, a teacher delivers the concept up front. The student is then asked to implement the concept in order to determine outcomes. In this case, the student creates a data set by engaging with the concept being taught. Deductive learning is therefore a more teacher-centric approach, as it depends foremost on the faithful delivering of conceptual knowledge.


The discovery learning model encourages students to problem solve by using their prior knowledge, intuition, and creativity to incorporate new information. Learners are allowed to learn at their own pace; this relieves the potential stress of learning and encourages students to own their education. Rather than simply memorizing the correct answer, students learn how to interpret and analyze information in ways that engender conceptual understanding. Because it depends so much on the student, the discovery learning model boasts an excellent retention rate.

Which learning model is best for you or your students? Learn more about intellADAPT’s Adaptive Learning technology today and see how we can help you find out!

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