Jose Ferreira is the Founder and CEO of Knewton. Knewton is a technology company using data to make education more efficient and effective for every single student. The Knewton Adaptive Learning PlatformTM serves as a recommendation engine for learning. It mines data about the performance of each individual student, similar students on the platform, and educational content itself, in order to serve up the best activity for a particular student at a particular moment in time.
From the production of the first mass-market texts to the introduction of compulsory education, revolutions in schooling have determined great moments in history. With the genesis of each educational innovation there has been a simultaneous improvement in both access and quality. Unlocking Education describes the next revolution in education: adaptive learning.Online schooling can lower the production cost of educational materials like textbooks and solve the access problem in the developing world. As a supplement to conventional schooling, this innovation allows for a level of personalisation that makes education more engaging and efficient for each individual student.Education is the ultimate gateway problem. Whether the goal is to address disease epidemics, poverty in the inner city, or threats to the environment, improvements in both the adaptability and delivery of education will help solve these problems too.