Mark Zuckerberg and wife, Dr. Priscilla Chan, put personalized learning in the spotlight this month by pledging billions to support it. Here’s what others are saying about personalized learning.
Personalized Learning is the Future
The Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) will use a Gates Foundation grant awarded in November, 2015, to speed up the development and adoption of personalized courseware in higher education. According to APLU President Peter McPherson:
When fully realized at a public university, personalized learning encompasses an institution-wide commitment to student success and degree completion, flexible technologies to inform classroom instruction and prompt advising interventions, and accessible tools that help educators know and advise students.
3 Ways Higher Ed is Making Learning More Personal by Daniel Greenstein
Greenstein explains that personalized learning is the way to go in higher education by describing 3 examples including Carnegie Mellon’s Open Learning Initiative (OLI) in biology at UC Davis.
REAL Personalized Learning for ALL, Now That Is Innovation! by K. Lirenman
Lirenman, who has taught for 23 years, predicts that personalized learning will be the most important innovation in education in the next ten years. She describes her initial experience with personalized technology:
…with the introduction of technology into my classroom the reality is that as much as open-ended activities are good, utilizing technology properly allows me to provide what feels like endless opportunities for personalization and individual learning.
Personalized Learning and Blended Learning
Learners, Teachers, and Technology: Personalization in 2015 and Beyond by Kristen DeCerbo
DeCerbo reviews how personalized learning is evolving and how technology can be used to personalize learning in the blended classroom. She explains that technology drives the scalability of personalization:
The technology allows the use of big data to investigate the learning outcomes of students who take path A versus path B through content. Even more, the technology-based systems can look at how these outcomes vary for students with a variety of characteristics and interests. Finally, the technology allows personalization to scale to a whole classroom whereas making separate paths for 30 students is a big request to make of a teacher.
The Power of Personalized Learning for School Improvement by Cameron Pipkin.
Pipkin reviews studies since 2007 on personalized learning in blended learning environments, He concludes that “new intelligent technology, designed from the ground up to support personalized learning” is very powerful in conjunction with teachers who are trained to lead blended learning classes.
Blended Learning: It’s Not the Tech, It’s How the Tech is Used by Preston Smith
Smith is an advocate for personalized learning in a blended learning environment. He argues that technology and teachers dedicated to personalized learning are the key to success in the blended classroom.
Personalized Learning Technology Really Works
In his presentation at the Center for Online Innovation in Learning, Eric Frank, CEO at Acrobatiq, explains how personalized learning courseware based on learning science really works.