Personalized Learning

Personalized learning, also known as student-centered learning, is a diverse variety of educational programs, learning experiences, instructional approaches, and academic approach strategies intend to address the distinct learning needs, interests, and aspirations, or cultural backgrounds of individual students. The instructor provides all students the same type of instruction, same assignments, and the same assessments. This is being used to facilitate the academic success of each student by first determining the learning needs, interests, and aspirations of individual students and then providing learning experiences that are customized for each student.

I think that this is a good idea when it is utilized for certain classes. In my college chemistry class, the teacher used this approach and I absolutely abhorred it. With a class like math or science this does not seem to be the best approach. It caused many of us in that class a lot of frustration and confusion. I think that this would be best utilized in English and History classes because students can utilize and absorb that information any way that works best for them. In math and science classes, direct instruction works the best so you know what steps need to be taken to get you from point A to point B. It is really hard to teach yourself something like that. 

A great blog to read if you are interested in reading more about personalized learning, or even digital literacy, is Rethink Learning by Barbara Bray. She has a lot of great information about this type of learning and the best way to make it work. 

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  1. One important part of personalized learning is that students are co-developing and co-designing the curriculum based on their own interests and needs. If the teacher is still in charge of deciding what will be learned, that isn’t really personalized learning. I agree that personalized learning can be more challenging in some subject areas than others. Another issue I’ve run into in my classes is that students who are new to a subject area don’t know yet what they want to learn. It seems that you need a certain level of experience or even expertise in a subject before you can recognize what’s interesting to you and what you want to learn more about.

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