Featured Session | Thursday, June 28 | 9:30 – 10:30 a.m.
Track: Learning Technologies

Adaptive Learning – the application of computer science, big data and machine learning techniques, combined with state-of-the-art pedagogy – has enabled the creation of new learning systems that adapt to the needs of each and every learner. Adaptive learning creates at scale – and at low cost – the experience of a personal tutor, guaranteeing proficiency while dramatically reducing time spent learning, returning thousands of hours of productive time back to the business.

Fortunately, it is easy to make the move to adaptive learning. In this session, we explore what is adaptive learning, how it works and the benefits of transforming your learner experience for the business, the learner and the training function.

What will you learn?

  • Understanding Area9’s approach to adaptive learning
  • Use cases for adaptive
  • Business reasons to move to adaptive


Joe Barrow, SVP, Business Development, Area9Lyceum

Joe Barrow has been a senior leader at several learning companies, including The Learning Edge, a Tasmania-based content management startup that was later acquired by Pearson. Joe spent 5+ years at the Washington D.C.-based, platform/technology company Blackboard during its most significant growth phase in the mid-1990s. Joe most recently joined Area9 from the education team at Amazon Web Services.

As a leader in the learning space, Joe brings an understanding of the learner, the organization and the changing demands of learning and learning technologies that impact both individual and organizational outcomes. With more than 20 years of experience in academia and industry, Joe has implemented a host of technologies to solve a variety of challenges in the market.

Joe continues to explore new ways to skill and re-skill a workforce in a way that most effectively provides the outcomes an organization is looking to achieve. Improving the learning process and linking retained skills to company objectives is Joe’s key area of focus at Area9.