Adaptive Spaced Education Improves Learning Efficiency: A Randomized Controlled Trial

Kerfoot, PB. The Journal of Urology. 2010;183:678-681

Importance of Conclusion

Adaptive spaced education boosts learning efficiency, allowing students to achieve learning with substantially less effort.

Key Points

  • The adaptive algorithm increased learning efficiency by 38%.
  • An adaptive algorithm integrates the testing effect as a measure to not only measure knowledge, but alters the learning process to significantly improve knowledge retention.
  • The adaptive cohort answered significantly fewer spaced education items than the nonadaptive cohort (p = 0.001) but achieved comparable end of course test scores.

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