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The Future of Learning is Adaptive

By James Pinnick

The COVID-19 pandemic accelerated the adoption of digital education materials and tools to an unprecedented degree. With classrooms suddenly empty last year and educators adapting to remote instruction, the need for effective digital materials and tools went from option to necessity. Students and educators alike sought solutions that were not only convenient but enhanced learning.

Like all publishers, AHIMA saw a dramatic shift from print to digital materials in the past year. To support these efforts, AHIMA strives to make its leading educational content digital, convenient, and intuitive.

For example, AHIMA Press titles are available as e-books on VitalSource, RedShelf, and other leading platforms. New solutions are underway for inclusive access programs, improved distribution of ancillary materials, delivery of courseware, and combining books with AHIMA VLab™, certifications, student membership, and the other benefits from AHIMA, the leading voice in health information.

The biggest impact for students has been the adoption of the AHIMA Adaptive Learning program. Released in 2020 for use with Health Information Technology: An Applied Approach, Sixth Edition, educators began to integrate the solution into their courses over the past year with great success. With the ability to personalize to each student’s learning needs, learning outcomes are improved while performance measurement technology pinpoints opportunities for instructors to adapt to the class, individuals, and the content.

“I love the adaptive learning,” shared a student in a health information technology program using the AHIMA product earlier this year. “I wish all of my classes had it. It makes learning the book so much easier.”

That student is not alone in recognizing the potential of adaptive learning technology. In an interview with The 74, education technology researcher Ryan Baker identified adaptive learning as one of the top opportunities, saying, “Adaptive learning, if done right, can make a big difference, and getting teachers data on what students are doing can make a big difference.”

Building upon the success of the initial offering, AHIMA is expanding the Adaptive Learning program to include the new seventh edition of Principles of Healthcare Reimbursement and Revenue Cycle Management.

More information will be available on adaptive learning and AHIMA’s digital educational materials at the AHIMA’s Assembly on Education Symposium (AOE21). AOE21, a live virtual event, and on-demand experience is scheduled for July 26-28.

Be sure to join the technology demo session on Wednesday, July 28 at 12:55 pm CT, “Four Burning Questions About Adaptive Learning You’re Afraid to Ask” with educator Angela Campbell, MSHI, RHIA, HIT instructor at San Juan College. Engage with your peer and colleagues on social media, including AHIMA Access, with the hashtag #AOE21.

James Pinnick ( is a vice president of content and licensing at AHIMA.

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