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๐Ÿ”€ Adaptive Solutions for Personalized Learning + Africa EdTech 50

One-size-fits-all teaching methods fail to effectively address students' diverse learning needs and adaptive learning platforms have been adopted as a response to this challenge. These solutions are leveraging more sophisticated technology paving the way for deeply tailored experiences.

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Traditional one-size-fits-all teaching methods often fail to effectively address the diverse learning needs of students, and adaptive learning platforms have been adopted over the years in response to this challenge. Personalized & adaptive solutions are leveraging more sophisticated technology, like AI-powered algorithms and powerful analytics, paving the way for deeply tailored experiences. This week, we also spotlight 50 of Africa's most promising EdTech startups.

This Week's Topics

  • ๐Ÿ”€ Personalized & Adaptive Learning. Unpacking the adaptive learning solution market
  • ๐Ÿ“Š Chart Spotlight. Opportunities to improve K12 education
  • ๐Ÿ“ˆ K12 Digital Transformation Survey. Time is running out, participate in our survey
  • ๐Ÿ† Africa EdTech 50. The most promising learning, teaching, and upskilling startups in the region
  • ๐Ÿ“– Annual Education Outlook. 180+ pages of trends, insight, and data
  • ๐Ÿ’ฐ Education Deals of the Week. Funding and M&A

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๐Ÿ”€ Personalized & Adaptive Learning

Traditional one-size-fits-all teaching methods often fail to effectively address the diverse learning needs of students, and adaptive learning platforms have been implemented by institutions and educators as a response to this challenge. Learning outcomes suffer when overburdened teachers cannot provide individualized attention, but adaptive platforms can help teachers scale personalization and tailor learning experiences to each student by accommodating individual learning styles, paces, and preferences.

The rise of AI and its ability to work alongside powerful data analytics and generate content and sequences can make it multidimensional and responsive to the learner offering the promise of personalized education. Machine learning algorithms, predictive analytics, and natural language processing collect and analyze learner data, to then dynamically adapt multimodal content, assessment, or learning pathways.

Adaptive and personalized learning platforms come in various forms, each tailoring the learning experience in unique ways. Assessment-driven adaptation adjusts the difficulty or type of assessment questions based on a student's performance, ensuring students are challenged appropriately. Content-driven adaptation personalizes the learning materials where students might see different feedback, examples, or multimedia depending on their understanding, and pathway adaptation adjusts entire learning sequences based on a student's progress.

๐Ÿ”€ Personalized & Adaptive Platforms - Market Map

Source: HolonIQ

๐Ÿ“Š Charts Spotlight - Opportunities to Improve K12 Education

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Source: 2023 HolonIQ K12 Digital Transformation Survey

Learning recovery is driving K12 digital innovation, and the spotlight is on solutions that enhance learning experiences and outcomes. Based on HolonIQ's 2023 K12 Digital Transformation Survey, schools and EdTech companies see personalized learning as the greatest opportunity to improve K12 education.

โŒ› HolonIQ's K12 Digital Transformation Survey Closes Soon

In our 2024 survey, 78% of respondents indicated that adaptive and personalized learning present the greatest opportunities to improve K12 education. Please share your thoughts and take HolonIQ's second annual K12 Digital Transformation Survey.

Source: HolonIQ

๐Ÿ† Africa EdTech 50

Each year, HolonIQ identifies the 1000 most promising EdTech startups globally. Region by region, we build a picture of each market, showcasing how technology is being used in education, from PreK to Lifelong Upskilling. Drawing on the HolonIQ Platform, along with perspectives from market experts in each region, analysts from our Education Intelligence Unit consider which segments are in demand, where capital is flowing, the products and models gaining traction, and the characteristics of the leadership team. This week, we are featuring the 50 most promising EdTech startups in Africa.

One in five of the 2023 cohort is in the STEAM category, up from 14% in the prior year. Education Management systems continue to be the largest category as institutions and companies seek digital solutions, and learners look for financing, advice, and matching of educational offerings.

Source: HolonIQ

๐Ÿ“– 2024 Global Education Outlook

HolonIQ's annual analysis of the global education economy offers over 180 pages of in-depth insights on market data, investments, strategic shifts, and trends in education. Download the extract or purchase the full report.

๐Ÿ’ฐ Education Deals of the Week

HolonIQ actively monitors and tracks capital flow in the Education market, spanning across all regions and transaction categories. Subscribe to our Daily Capital Markets newsletter to see the top deals daily.


๐Ÿ—ฃ๏ธ PlanetSpark, an Indian EdTech providing live online classes for K8 learners on public speaking, creative writing, and โ€˜new ageโ€™ skills like vlogging, raised $17M in Series B funding led by Prime Venture Partners.

๐Ÿ’ช Legends, a confidence-training app providing kids with daily, 5-minute confidence โ€œworkoutsโ€, secured $6M in Seed funding led by Floodgate Capital, Reach Capital, and individual investors.

๐Ÿค– Smartschool, a Polish-US-founded EdTech providing an AI assistant tutor specifically designed to help K12 students in the US prepare for the SAT exam, raised $1.5M in Pre-Seed funding.


๐Ÿงธ Scholastic, a global children's publishing, education, and media company, is acquiring 9 Story Media Group, a creator, producer, and distributor of children's content for $183M.

๐Ÿ‘ฉโ€๐Ÿซ Avallain, a Swiss Learning Management System, acquired TeacherMatic, a UK startup providing generative AI lesson planning tools for teachers.

๐ŸŽฎ US-based and MENA-focused EdTech Classera, which provides a gamified learning management platform, acquired Expert Solutions, an education-focused ERP system based in Saudi Arabia.

๐Ÿ’– UpLift, a company providing in-network mental health care services, acquired TAO Connect, a mental health solution designed for higher education institutions. This expands UpLift's reach to over 4M people, including 2M students at over 120 US colleges.

๐Ÿ“œ The academic publisher Taylor & Francis acquired PeerJ, a family of seven open-access journals publishing research across life and environmental sciences, computer science, and chemical science.

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