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The Next Frontier: Personalized Learning
Helen Ross
EDU 655
Wallis Stemm
July 31, 2014

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Table

Current System

Personalized Learning System

One size fits all

Assessment leads to individual learning plan

Assessments are standardized not personalized

Engage hearts and minds of students

Limited resources

Learning has changed and the system needs to
change with it

Limited funding

Augment human talent

Limited opportunities

Make resources and experiences available across
the globe

Puts all students at the same level with the same
expectations

Reach diverse students
Replace grade levels with skill levels

Possible Implications and/or Consequences
For a personalized learning system to be successful and accessible, technology and
funding is going to have to be provided, equally, to all schools. Teachers are going to have to
receive training on how to implement technology into their classrooms. Students are going to
need equal access to resources. In order to move to a personalized learning system, all schools
across the nation are going to have to change. This is a total overhaul. Teachers and faculty are
going to have to be accepting and open to the changes.
Recommendations
A personalized learning system focuses on instructor flexibility rather than student
flexibility. Instructors are not responsible for student failure in the current system. Instructor
flexibility maximizes student success (Thomas). Instructors need to focus on individual learning.

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Each student needs to be addressed separately. A personalized learning system approaches
individuality and instructors need to move from group instruction and recognize characteristics.
A personalized learning system allows freedom of thought and reflection. Students should
not have to “cram” for tests. The current system is standardized and rigid (Jenkins). Students
should be allowed to explore their own interests as well as learn curriculum. Some curriculum
needs to be taught no matter what personal interests are, but the curriculum needs to be open and
independent. Instead of requiring all students to learn division by a certain date, students need to
be guided at their own pace.
A personalized learning system identifies individuals and makes a personal connection.
No student should have to fit in a box (Clarke, 2003). Moving to a personalized learning system
is going to require teacher education as much as student education. Teachers are going to have to
re-learn how to teach. Teachers learn how to teach in a set structure with set curriculum. Teacher
education is vital in the movement to a personalized learning system.

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References
Clarke, J. (2003). The Educaiton Alliance. Retrieved from Changing Systems to Personalize
Learning: www.education.vermont.gov
Jenkins, J. K. (n.d.). Phi Delta Kappa International. Retrieved from Personalized Instruction:
www.lecforum.org
Thomas. (n.d.). Creative Commons Attributions. Retrieved from Personalized Learning SystemThe Important Role of Technology: www.openeducation.net