I have some exciting news to share with you today as we announce that we have acquired Knowillage Systems Inc., creator of the LeaP™ adaptive learning engine. We are looking forward to sharing with you how this next-generation system will benefit educators and learners globally.
LeaP is an adaptive learning engine that uses language processing and analytics to determine gaps in the learner’s achievements and provide personalized learning activities and assessments to address those areas of weakness.
At the heart of our strategy is an adaptive engine that reduces the time and cost of implementing adaptive learning. LeaP completely automates the content-mapping process. In the past, creating personal learning pathways for each learner required a significant amount of labor to do the mapping, search for the right content, and input learning activities and assessments for each individual learner’s weaknesses. LeaP’s semantic engine automatically creates unique learning paths in real-time.
The content for LeaP’s learning paths is generated from resources provided by the teacher – this could come from existing content in a course, publisher content, or free open educational resources from trusted internet collections. The adaptive learning engine combs these sources to find, analyze, select, and input the best learning activities.
We have been working hard on building an integrated learning platform that allows us to make the teaching and learning experience more personal, engaging, and inspiring. This acquisition extends Desire2Learn’s current insights-driven product offerings, supporting educators in their efforts to accelerate learning and improve learning outcomes.
By bringing LeaP into the Desire2Learn family, we can now provide our customers the best and most manageable analytics package available for education. The Degree Compass™ tool was recently recognized by EDUCAUSE for the impact on student retention by helping with the course selection process. Our Student Success System™ solution helps instructors spot early signs of student difficulties and provide insights into potential interventions. Now, LeaP will help automate the creation of adaptive learning pathways for learners.
We’re excited to welcome this dynamic team, based in our new Vancouver office, to the Desire2learn family. In the near future, we’ll share more details on how you can make best use of LeaP within your organization. For now, please join me in welcoming the Knowillage team to Desire2Learn!