Our approach is grounded in scientific research and twenty five years’ experience. We have already served millions of learners in hundreds of subject areas, gathering billions of data points.

Is there evidence that Area9 Rhapsode™’s adaptive learning works?

Research Paper

  • Research study from 06-06-2024
    This study evaluates the effectiveness of the platform Area9 Rhapsode™ in teaching liver anatomy to first-year medical students. Using a flipped classroom approach with adaptive learning modules, 123 students participated, with the platform measuring their mastery of learning objectives and metacognitive awareness. Initially, students exhibited high levels of incompetence (18.11% conscious and 19.43% unconscious), but by the end, only 1.87% remained consciously incompetent, while 98.73% achieved conscious mastery. The study found that the AI-based system improved learning quality, efficient use of study time, and students’ self-awareness of their knowledge. This method shows promise in addressing the challenges of limited teaching hours, anatomist shortages, and the need for personalized instruction in anatomy education.
  • Research article from 02-02-2024
    The PACE (Pediatric Acute Care Education) program in Tanzania uses Area9 Rhapsode’s innovative approach to adaptive learning to train front-line healthcare providers, even in most remote locations. More than 85% of eligible students participated, even those not reached by conventional training methods. Significant levels of unconscious incompetence were identified and corrected and full mastery of the subject was assured. Challenges in delivering critical healthcare education in developing countries remain, but adaptive learning via Area9 Rhapsode has been demonstrated to be a key component to success creating confident, competent clinicians and healthier patients.
  • Paper from 07-24-2023
    Development of pediatric acute care education (PACE): An adaptive electronic learning (e-learning) environment for healthcare providers (HCP) in Tanzania
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  • Paper from 05-25-2022
    Neurosurgery resident training using blended learning concepts: course development and participant evaluation
    In this research article from Department of Neurosurgery, Kantonsspital St. Gallen, Switzerland, the contributors found the development of a blended training course combining adaptive e-learning and simulator training in a rapid manner is feasible and leads to improved skills. Simulator training is rated more valuable by surgical trainees than theoretical e-learning; the impact of this type of training on patient care needs to be further investigated.
  • Paper from 11-21-2021
    Presented at Interservice/Industry Training, Simulation, and Education Conference (I/ITSEC), Page 80
  • Research article from 06-21-2021
    Internal medicine residents who used NEJM Knowledge+ see improvements in scores in their In-Training Exam and survey feedback was favorable


Adaptive Learning in Healthcare

Adaptive learning is increasingly used in health care education as a way to improve competence, reduce knowledge gaps, expose and address unconscious incompetence, and enable safer and more effective care provision and delivery.

Overall, more than 2 million users in 2022 alone used Area9 Rhapsode as their basis for healthcare education – including physicians, nurses, laboratory technicians, and others, and at all levels from students to experienced practitioners. Included in this group are learners who experienced adaptive learning as part of long-term partnerships Area9 established across the health care spectrum. As our white paper will show, there is evidence of the efficiencies and effectiveness to be gained from a personalized approach that meets learners where they are, establishes what they’ve learned already and what they need to master, and engages learners as they build competence.

Clients who trust us for their journey to the future of learning

We believe that technology is only powerful when designed to work for and with people; it is not an end in itself. Teachers, mentors and learners are not going to be replaced by technology – they are going to be complemented and accelerated. We are passionate about people fulfilling their potential.

Area9 Lyceum has been dedicated to helping our partners and clients find the best solution to deliver personalized learning at scale.

Expertise in what impacts learning

Through three previous versions of the platform, Area9 has made adaptive learning technologies that have empowered over 30 million learners and collected billions of learning data-points. Based on over 25 years of research in human factors, learning science and computer science, Area9 has pioneered learning techniques and has led in innovating and partnering with leading scientists on learning and education.

Area9 has the expertise in what really impacts learning.


“I have known Ulrik and Area9 for almost 10 years and I consider them to be excellent and very practically oriented entrepreneurs within learning. I suppose they have had a whole decade’s head start in their understanding of education technology, but unlike many other visionaries, they have developed systems that simply work.”

Education adviser and former President of McGraw-Hill Education

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