Knewton Student Help Notes

Knewton Adaptive Assignments


W. W. Norton has teamed up with Knewton, a leading adaptive learning company, to provide adaptive assignments in Smartwork5. Adaptive assignments will guide students through the material where they need the most help according to the learning objectives selected by their instructor. Instructors can create Chemistry assignments that are entirely adaptive, or assignments that contain an adaptive component.

About Knewton


Within Smartwork5, Knewton’s recommendation engine is optimized to help students meet learning goals set by their instructor. In adaptive assignments, instructors select the learning objectives they want their students to master. Students are then presented with a series of questions that encompass those learning objectives. They will continue to get questions until they demonstrate a level of mastery over those learning objectives. Each student will receive a different set of questions depending on that student’s current and past performance. During the process of proving mastery on an assigned objective, a student may be given questions on prerequisite learning objectives as a means to correct content knowledge gaps. The length of each student’s assignment will vary depending upon a student’s demonstrated performance of assigned and prerequisite learning objectives.


Learning Objectives

Each Norton question is tagged with a learning objective. A learning objective outlines a particular skill or learning goal that the student will practice when working through the question.


Mastery

Mastery is a way for students and instructors to measure a student’s proficiency for a given learning objective. The metric for mastery is unique to each student. This means that there is not a set number of questions that all students must answer correctly in order to “master” a learning objective. Many factors are in play when Knewton assesses mastery for an individual student, including:

  • The length of time needed to complete the assignment
  • The number of questions answered correctly, including multiple attempts
  • Question difficulty
  • Demonstrated performance on related prerequisite learning objectives

Fully Adaptive Assignments

When you enter a fully adaptive assignment, you’ll see a list of the learning objectives your instructor has selected, as well as a set of bars that corresponds to the learning objectives. You’ll be able to track your mastery of learning objectives via bar icons located on the top-left of the student player. 


Once you are 10% of the way to mastering a learning objective, the bar corresponding to that learning objective will start filling in. When you completely master a learning objective, the bar will fill in completely. Your performance in questions tagged with prerequisite learning objectives does not directly factor into the filling in of a bar.

Note: If assignments are completed over multiple days, the bars will still show an accurate status towards completion.


Once in the assignment, you’ll see Smartwork5 questions that meet the learning objectives selected by your instructor. You will continue seeing these questions until you master the learning objectives.


You will have three attempts to answer each question correctly before Knewton moves on to the next question. If your instructor has opted to include prerequisite learning objectives in the assignment, you may also see questions that highlight skills learned in previous chapters. These prerequisite questions do not count toward mastery.

After working for 30 minutes, you will receive a Check-in reminding you that you can take a break and continue where you left off at a later time.

Once you have mastered all the learning objectives, you will earn full credit and see a brief conclusion. At this point, you can choose to leave the assignment or continue answering Smartwork5 questions for ungraded practice.


Assignments with an Adaptive Component

When you enter an assignment with an adaptive component, you will see the adaptive component listed among the questions selected by your instructor.

An adaptive Warm-up will appear at the top of the list for you to complete before moving on to the assigned questions.

An adaptive Follow-up will appear at the bottom, for you to work on after completing all the assigned questions.


Once you click “Start Assignment” for assignments with a Warm-up, you will see a brief introduction with the learning objectives selected by your instructor for the adaptive component.

As for assignments with a Follow-up, clicking “Start Assignment” will take you to the first assigned question. Upon completing all the assigned questions, you will then see a brief introduction to the Follow-up, with the learning objectives selected by your instructor for the adaptive component.


Once in the adaptive component, you will see Smartwork5 questions that meet the learning objectives. You will continue to see these questions until you have mastered the learning objectives.

You will have three attempts to answer each question correctly before Knewton moves on to the next question. If your instructor opted to include prerequisite learning objectives in the assignment, you may also see questions that highlight skills you learned in previous chapters. (These prerequisite questions do not count toward mastery of the assigned learning objectives.)

After working for 30 minutes, you will receive a Check-in reminding you that you can take a break and continue where you left off at a later time.


Once you have mastered all the learning objectives, you will earn full credit on the adaptive component and see a brief conclusion. At this point, you may choose to leave the assignment or continue answering Smartwork5 questions for ungraded practice.