Knewton Student Help Notes

Knewton Adaptive Assignments

W.W. Norton & Company 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.

About Knewton

With Knewton, every student gets a more personal learning experience. Teachers, schools, and education companies around the world use Knewton to power digital course materials that dynamically adapt to each student’s unique needs. Knewton provides students with tailored recommendations for exactly what to study, teachers with analytics to better support each student, and publishers with content insights to develop more effective digital products.

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 in 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, but not limited to, the following:

  • The length of time a student has to complete the assignment
  • The number of questions the student answers correctly, including multiple attempts
  • Question difficulty
  • The student’s demonstrated performance on related prerequisite learning objectives

Students can track their mastery of learning objectives via star icons located at the bottom of the student player. Once a student is 50% of the way to mastering a learning objective in Knewton, the star corresponding to that learning objective will fill in halfway. When a student completely masters a learning objective, the star will fill in completely. 

Student Experience

Fully Adaptive Assignments

When students enter a fully adaptive assignment, they will first see a list of the learning objectives their instructor has selected, as well as a set of stars that corresponds to the learning objectives.

Once students click “Start Assignment,” they will see a brief introduction to the assignment, which reiterates the learning objectives that they will work through in the assignment.

Once in the assignment, students will see Smartwork5 questions that meet the learning objectives selected by their instructor. They will continue to see these questions until they master the learning objectives.

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

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

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

Assignments with an Adaptive Component

When students enter an assignment with an adaptive component, they will see the adaptive component listed among the questions selected by their instructor.

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

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

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

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

Once in the adaptive component, students will see Smartwork5 questions that meet the learning objectives. They will continue to see these questions until they master the learning objectives.

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

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

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