Group Four Wiki Notes: Personalized Learning

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Learners have an unprecedented level of control over the content they work with. They are no longer limited to handpicked resources presented by teachers; instead, a world of information is available to them, both online and off. Learners are quite able to select materials in a variety of formats, including audio and video, to meet their needs. That being the case, what kinds of standards can be set forth that allow for the flexibility of personalized learning, yet still ensure enough consistency among informal or local programs?

Please consider any five of the following questions as you explore the theme of personalized learning and learning standards that work across borders.

Move credentialling outside of the University.
University as a sabbatical for students -- 4 years

1. What is the difference between informal learning and personalized learning?

Personalized learning within this context is structured and defined with mentors. Informal learning is defined by the learner. Personalized learning doesnt mean only staying within comfort-level. In fact, it should push the learner beyond comfort-level and challenge them.

2. In what areas are standards required? In what areas are standards perhaps not necessary?

HIring practices for staff and faculty ensuring that they are going to be engaged members of this learning community and have clear expectations regarding their body of knowledge and their scholarship. Diversity and growth are valued.

Mentors will work together to define basic standards (minimum outcomes) for degrees awarded.

3. Who should develop and maintain such standards?

It should be shared across institutions and scholarship groups.

4. How can programs be assessed for compliance?

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5. What are the unique implications for the K-12 level? the postsecondary level? for lifelong or independent learners?

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6. What are the policy implications?

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7. What are some promising examples? (please list URLs if possible)

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8. What are some of the roadblocks?

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Action Steps

List the top three to five action steps that could be taken right now towards implementing this idea. Which people or organization(s) might be able to take each action?

1. Create sabbatical type experience for learners (4th year is defined more toward "what you want to do", years 1-3 about exploration). Get out from buildings (see #1 above)
2. Credentialling is removed from this university