Defining Personalized Learning

meanwhatAt the core of the transformation of education toward student-centered learning is the ability to personalize learning for each student, to open student pathways and encourage student voice and choice in next generation education models. To aid classroom, school and state leaders in their pursuit of this goal, the International Association for K-12 Online Learning (iNACOL) has published a new report, Mean What You Say: Defining and Integrating Personalized, Blended and Competency Education.

The goal of Mean What You Say is to explain the nuances of key terms used across the field of K-12 education related to personalized, blended and competency education, and to explain how these ideas integrate in order to create new learning models.

This is from the introduction to the report:

The purpose of the personalized learning framework is to open student pathways and encourage student voice and choice in their education. Personalized learning is enabled by instructional environments that are competency-based. By tapping into modalities of blended and online learning using advanced technologies, personalized learning is enhanced by transparent data and abundant content resources flowing from redesigned instructional models to address the standards. By doing this, new school models can unleash the potential of each and every student in ways never before possible.

In addition to describing nuances of key terms, Mean What You Say presents a resource for deeper exploration of instructional models and modalities to re-imagine what is possible for new learning models in K-12 education.

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