Personalized Learning?

What  does personalized learning look like? You can find definitions online, like this one from

"The term personalized learning, or personalization, refers to a diverse variety of educational programs, learning experiences, instructional approaches, and academic-support strategies that are intended to address the distinct learning needs, interests, aspirations, or cultural backgrounds of individual students. Personalized learning is generally seen as an alternative to so-called “one-size-fits-all” approaches to schooling in which teachers may, for example, provide all students in a given course with the same type of instruction, the same assignments, and the same assessments with little variation or modification from student to student. Personalized learning may also be called student-centered learning, since the general goal is to make individual learning needs the primary consideration in important educational and instructional decisions, rather than what might be preferred, more convenient, or logistically easier for teachers and schools."

As an alternative in defning this approach, 5 colleges that are trying classroom experiments in it have produced videos with the edtech blog e-Literate (and some bucks from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation) that feature some "case studies" of projects (most also supported by the Gates Foundation).

All of the videos will total three and a half hours and are expected to be posted by the end of June.

Michael Feldstein, founder of the blog and a host of the videos, says he doesn’t even like the term “personalized learning” describing it with the less-buzzworthy term "technology-assisted differentiated instruction.”

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