Group Two 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.

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

  • Personalizations not a matter of content, but a matter of attitudes, ways of learning, etc.
  • Personalized learning: shared goals, different methodologies; informal learning: non-specific goals
  • Personalization of goals vs. personalization of styles/methodologies. Different granularity of personalization
  • Personalization: finding your own community

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

  • Standards: competences achieved, not content, not knowledge
  • Standards should focus on outcomes, not on processes. Outcome as standard.
  • There are areas such as gaming where standards are endogenous and needn't a formal/explicit definition
  • Importance of "meta-standards": findability, openness, remixability, etc. Once meta-standards work, standards will emerge naturally.
  • Interoperability rather than standards

3. Who should develop and maintain such standards?

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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)

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. Stop imposing technical solutions on students
2. Credentials based on outcomes, not on time. Focus on competences, on portfolios. But certain balance on outcomes vs. processes methodologies/paths.
3. Consistency on a core set of the student experience, but allowing freedom on the edges
4. Assemble a credential from the work done across several institutions (e.g. Bologna Process)