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Is adaptive learning possible with Canvas?

Is it possible to show the following activities only when students have achieved a certain number of points in the previous activity?
And can students who score too low on a certain activity be automatically forced to make an extra exercise (which is not visible to students who did score well)?

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Hi Lies van laere,

Canvas offers mastery paths‌. Where you can set specific requirements for students to meet before they can go onto the next area.  Here is some documentation and resources about this.

Hacking Mastery Paths 

Taking the Mystery out of Mastery Paths  

How do I use MasteryPaths in course modules? 

How do I add conditional content to a MasteryPath source item? 

How do I assign a conditional assignment for students to complete in MasteryPaths? 

Hope this helps and is what you're looking.

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Community Advocate‌, the mastery paths that provided resources for is a great way to accomplish this.   I wanted to provide another way that some of the instructors I have worked with tackled this prior to mastery paths becoming a feature.  When creating a quiz, you will see the ability for you to add responses to students selecting certain answers via the little ellipsis tool "..."  What we had instructors do is to put follow up work as the response.  For example if you selected the wrong answer for a question about history, the response might be that the student had to watch a Khan video about that question, or had to go back to their textbook and answer a question from the text.  While this was not a slick as mastery paths, it did give the ability to give more direction per question response which might be more similar to adaptive learning at least in quizzing.

Another thing you might try is if you do multiple choice questions, having those choices be specific to errors a student might make.  The Acuity testing some states had to do in k-12 did this and I really liked its design.  This works like this, a question might be "what is 8 x 15?".  Choice A would be 80 (student did carry the 4), Choice B might be 200 (correct answer), Choice C might be 40 (student forgot to add the 8X1 portion), and choice D might be 20 (student did not keep the 0 from the 40).  Then when you look at the analytics for the quiz, you are able to directly see the area students are having issues with.  If 60% choose choice A, then you know you need to spend time on carrying numbers.



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