How should learning be most effectively facilitated? Personalized learning arose as a response to a failed standardized factory model of education that pushes everyone through the same system without attending to individual needs and aspirations. Recent research has shown that students benefit from individualized programs, actually outperforming students in traditional classroom settings.
Personalized learning models are designed around individual learning profiles. Students chart their own paths along a learning continuum, in flexible environments that allow learners to move at their own pace. The beauty of personalized learning is that it can also be used to extend knowledge beyond that traditionally taught in classrooms. Space, time and personnel can be used flexibly and creatively. Technology, however, is the key to this delivery model.
In a world that is used to customizing anything, from suits to airplanes, why not customize learning?