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December 19, 2013

Big data and adaptive learning in ELT – Knewton interview

knewton-david-liu.jpgKnewton is one of the biggest names in edtech and a major player in bringing adaptive learning into ELT. Eltjam recently conducted a 4-part interview with Knewton COO David Liu and so far have published the first two parts.

Adaptive learning and personalisation are big topics in ELT and in education more generally. Knewton is at the forefront of this and is one of the highest profile EdTech companies out there. They’ve been moving into ELT in a big way recently – we’ve covered their partnership agreements with Macmillan and Cambridge University Press. Knewton’s technology is very impressive stuff, using ‘big data’ to provide adaptive learning and analytics for students, teachers, schools and publishers.

Rather than just report on what they’ve been up to, we thought it would be interesting to go to the source and get Knewton’s own take on what they’re doing, what their ambitions are, and what they think technology and the use of big data is going to mean for ELT. So we spoke to David Liu, Knewton’s Chief Operating Officer. We were also joined by Sally Searby, until recently Publishing Director at Cambridge University Press, and now at Knewton as Partnership Manager, and Molly Gerth, Knewton’s Communications Manager. They were happy to talk at length on a range of topics, and were refreshingly open.

Interview with David Liu, COO of Knewton - Part 1.
Interview with David Liu, COO of Knewton - Part 2.

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