What is Smart Sparrow?
Smart Sparrow is an adaptive learning platform that is used to create “lessons” or activities that can have alternative pathways and customised feedback built in for a more tailored user experience. It includes an authoring tool that allows educators to build lessons for their students, and an analytics tool to assist with reviewing and refining lessons based on user experiences.
How do I get started?
You have a range of options to get started on your Smart Sparrow Journey;
- Visit the Learning Futures’ Adaptive Learning website which contains information to get you started with using Smart Sparrow, including help guides and other support methods.
- Attend a Learning Futures runs workshop on Smart Sparrow. Further information is available on the Learning Futures Events Calendar.
- Visit the Smart Sparrow Journey as it contains a series of how-to lessons introducing the platform.
- Start a conversation about using Smart Sparrow in your course or program, please contact your Group Learning & Teaching Consultant.
Show me some examples in practice
Smart Sparrow showcases several Demos on their website from various licensees, including those in the higher education sector.
Smart Sparrow contains “Loops”, which are repositories of lessons, usually available for adaptation. Check out the following Loops for some example Smart Sparrow lessons:
- Smart Sparrow Loop – Smart Sparrow’s own repository containing some well-designed adaptive lessons
- Griffith University Loop – A small, but growing repository of lessons made at Griffith University that have been made available for adaptation
- BEST Network – The Biomedical Education Skills and Training Network contains dozens of Smart Sparrow lessons created by a community of experts in biomedical education.
- Adaptive Mechanics Network – Example Engineering lessons built with Smart Sparrow. To join this network, you first need to register using your Smart Sparrow account.
- Inspark Education – Example Science lessons built with Smart Sparrow. To join this network, you first need to register using your Smart Sparrow account.
Why is Smart Sparrow Important?
Smart Sparrow recognises that not every student learns in the same way and that their learning can be better supported if they are given guidance to find correct answers themselves. This can be achieved by tailoring activities according to students’ learning needs through alternative pathways, customised feedback and remedial activities.
From the student perspective, adaptive learning has been shown to improve pass rates, student retention and overall marks in addition to improvements in long-term learning as opposed to rote memorisation (Johnson, 2016).
Smart Sparrow offers a powerful analytics back-end that allows instructors to see the amount of time spent on lesson screens, and the number of attempts made. This helps to identify areas where students commonly struggle, which can lead to future lesson improvements or further tailoring of content to address these issues.
What resources can I utilise?
The Smart Sparrow community contains a range of useful resources
- Adaptive Learning Platforms: Creating a Path for Success. Johnson, C (2016, March 7). Retrieved from https://er.educause.edu/articles/2016/3/adaptive-learning-platforms-creating-a-path-for-successSmart Sparrow Demos
- Smart Sparrow Loop
- Griffith University Loop
- BEST Network
- Adaptive Mechanics Network: https://adaptivemechanics.edu.au/
- Inspark Education: https://inspark.education/
- Smart Sparrow Deployment Methods
- Griffith University Adaptive Learning Website
What VLE tools can Smart Sparrow integrate with?
Smart Sparrow can be used on its own, but it is best used from within Learning@Griffith as this will allow student data to flow through from that system to enrich analytics reporting and provide a smoother user experience. See deployment methods in the Adaptive Learning website.
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