John Wiley & Sons and Snapwiz, a Fremont CA based company that specializes in adaptive and personalized learning solutions, announce the launch of WileyPLUS with ORION, the initial offering to come out of a new partnership aimed at giving students highly personalized experiences that improve learning outcomes and go further to creating adaptive, collaborative, and interactive learning spaces than anything currently on the market.
The first in a suite of new learning products, WileyPLUS with ORIONintegrates Snapwiz’s adaptive learning engine with WileyPLUS, a research-based online learning environment, with learning, practice, and assessment capabilities, enabling each learner’s experience to be uniquely adapted to his or her unique strengths and needs. WileyPLUS is already offered with more than 300 Wiley titles, is used by over 2 million users in more than 20 countries, and has been proven to improve outcomes.
“WileyPLUS with ORION expands WileyPLUS’s proven ability to improve learning outcomes, providing students with a personal, adaptive learning experience so they can build their proficiency on topics and use their study time most effectively. Snapwiz’s platform helps students navigate through their studies with a state-of-the-art user interface, highlighting both strengths and the areas where they need to invest more time,” said Joe Heider, Senior Vice President, Global Education. “WileyPLUS with ORION employs data gathered from individual student usage to inform instructors of students’ performance and proficiency, adjust course content, and provide a tailored learning experience.”
Wiley and Snapwiz are continuing to work together to develop new products and services that will result in superior learning experience for students. “Using the Snapwiz platform, Wiley can now launch courses with a unique blend of adaptive, collaborative, and interactive learning features that are designed to increase student engagement, retention, and success,” explained Madhu Narasa, CEO of Snapwiz. Wiley and Snapwiz intend to use the aggregated data to gain insights into student learning behaviors and further enhance the offering. The companies plan to offer role-based performance and proficiency analytics to encourage “ownership of learning” and predictive recommendations at the author, student, faculty, and institution level. Also on the road map is the development of collaborative learning tools that encourage peer-to-peer discussion and social participation analytics to encourage participation and preparedness.
Launching this summer for use in fall 2013, WileyPLUS with ORION will be included at no extra cost to students using WileyPLUSacross some of Wiley’s leading titles in disciplines such as Introduction to Business, Introduction to Psychology, Financial Accounting and Anatomy and Physiology.
Students begin by taking a quick, chapter-level diagnostic to determine their baseline proficiency. Based on the results of their diagnostic and ongoing practice, WileyPLUS with ORION will present students with questions appropriate for their current level of understanding, and will continuously adapt to each student, helping them build their proficiency. WileyPLUS with ORIONdelivers individualized notifications and reports to help guide students in using their time most effectively. All content is tied to a specific learning objective and each interaction is tracked, measured, and used to help improve productivity, support retention and lead to greater student confidence. Instructors have access to dashboard reporting on student/class usage and overall class proficiency, including detailed views of productivity and metacognition. The questions used for the adaptive practice are numerous and are not found in the WileyPLUS assignment area.