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Adaptive Activity: Apply What You Know

Last Updated: Oct 26, 2018 04:08PM EDT

Understanding Apply What You Know


Apply What You Know is an adaptive, formative assignment which generally appears at the end of a module prior to its paired summative assessment. This provides students with personalized practice to prepare them for the assessment. 


As students work through a module and answer formative questions, the platform generates a learning estimate for each relevant learning objective. When students complete the Apply What You Know assignment, the platform delivers questions determined by their learning estimate. 


Students receive feedback as they answer questions and this helps prepare them for the quiz. Students receive a score based the percentage complete on these assignments. 


  • The student’s performance against the learning objectives in the module determines the questions they get in the activity:

    • A low performing student who struggled will see additional low and medium level questions that scaffold up to the “core” questions all students receive.

    • A mid-level performing student will see only the medium and core questions, as their learning estimate determined they still need some scaffolding, but not as much as a low performing student

    • A high performing student will not see any scaffolded questions, only the core questions

  • In addition to questions, content can be tagged to learning objectives and delivered only to students with lower learning estimates as additional support or remediation 

  • Apply What You Knows are formative activities and therefore not graded, but this can be changed in the Course Settings. 


Note: Data shows that students who complete this adaptive activity perform better on module quizzes. 





Each Apply What You Know contains core questions that all students receive. However, for students who have struggled with the material, there are additional questions and content that scaffold up to those core questions. These scaffolded questions help those students prepare for questions that are most similar to ones they may see on the quiz. 

If a student enters the Apply What You Know without doing any work in the module, they will not have any learning estimates related to that content, and will be given all the available questions. 


Below is a side-by-side view of an Apply What You Know. On the left is a student with a high learning estimate; they receive 4 questions on this first page of this sample activity. On the right is a student with a low learning estimate; they receive 8 questions total on this page, and they receive additional questions and content that the student with the high learning estimate does not receive. 



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