As eCampusOntario looked to improve the readiness of specialized trades students in three high-impact apprenticeships, it recognized the potential of advanced adaptive learning technology to help learners assess their knowledge and close skill gaps. eCampusOntario is partnering with Area9 Lyceum in an adaptive learning pilot program at three colleges located in the Province of Ontario: St. Lawrence College for electrician training, Durham College for plumbing, and Loyalist College for automotive service technician training.

Area9 Lyceum’s Artificial Intelligence (AI)-based adaptive learning platform, Area9 Rhapsode, will deliver personalized learning to build greater proficiency among trades students. Area9 Rhapsode has been shown to cut training time in half, while delivering the support and resources each learner needs to close their knowledge and skills gaps and achieve mastery of their subject matter.

“eCampusOntario is interested in testing new ways of accelerating training and remediating skills gaps. Area9 Lyceum’s AI-based adaptive learning technology will help us refine our approaches to technical training,” said David Porter, CEO of eCampusOntario. “We expect the results of the pilot projects underway at three of our Ontario colleges will help us better understand how to design and implement programs to rapidly upgrade Ontario’s workforce.”

Area9 Rhapsode acts like a personal tutor to deliver an effective and engaging learning experience. This approach is crucial as trades students today face increasing demands for technical knowledge and skills—and must develop a growth mindset that supports continuous improvement and higher achievement.