Personalized learning refers to the practice of customizing the focus and pace of instruction or learning to accommodate every student’s skills, needs, and interests. Every student gets to learn, depending on how they learn best and what they already know. In personalized learning, there is no one mode of instruction that fits all the students. Instead, the teacher guides every student in an individualized learning journey. The students may get the same sets of skills but at different paces, although the learning plan remains the same to help them meet and reach the education system’s standards to meet a diploma or certificate.
Both the teacher and the student collaborate to set short term and long term goals, which helps students take charge of their learning. But, teachers have to make sure that each student’s learning plans lead towards developing the skills they need to achieve throughout the education process. It should also align with the academic requirements of that particular education system. Let’s look at how personalized learning will improve learning.
One way personalized learning will improve learning for the better is by increasing engagement in the classroom. It is every instructor’s dream to keep their students more engaged and attentive in the classroom. As a result, each student enjoys learning, spends more of their time learning, and digests more of the knowledge imparted. Personalized learning can take many forms. For instance, it can be as simple as a teacher giving students a paper writing assignment in literature based on how they understood a particular story. It also includes asking students to decide what courses they would like to progress going to more complex ones. It boosts the student’s active involvement in the learning process.
Personalized learning will increase students’ motivation to learn. Since they can establish a learning plan with their teacher that suits them, it gives them a reason to invest more in their learning. Nothing is worse than having an instructor deal with unmotivated students. Such students are lazy, they don’t have a reason to study, and are troublesome, which leads to failure. But, motivated students are eager to learn, which leads to more progressive grades.
Reduce Time Wastage
With personalized learning, the instructor first assesses the student to determine what they already know and what they don’t, for instance, through quizzes or oral questions to gauge the learner’s skills. The conventional learning modes involve linear courses and training programs that need students to go through more and more information before beginning to study the content they need at the moment. That results in a lot of time wastage and compromises the engagement of the students. Everyone gets bored with learning the same thing over and over again unless it leads to something new. But, personalized learning will reduce time wastage as the instructor delivers the exact content the student needs depending on the first assessment outcome.
Personalized learning will improve performance. How? Since the students are more engaged in learning, they invest more time learning, acquiring information, and absorbing it. Following that, they are more motivated and prepared to perform whatever task or exam comes at them, resulting in better outcomes.
Personalized learning and creative thinking go hand in hand. It also integrates project-based learning, which pushes students to interact, encounter, research more about a particular topic or subject. Personalized learning increases engagement allowing students to retain more knowledge and understand the curriculum more than traditional classroom situations. It enables teachers to customize student research and group projects based on each learner’s capabilities, skills, interests, cultural background, and learning needs. That is unlike group learning that does not recognize that every learner has unique skills.
Enhance Differentiated Learning
In traditional classroom learning, the teacher introduces new content, and then the students show their understanding of the content by taking a test. Then the lesson moves forward regardless of how many students have actually mastered the content. As a result, slow learners lag behind while fast learners and gifted learners get bored. That’s because they are quicker at mastering content than their colleagues. One goal of personalized learning is to give a student a chance to explore subjects that interest them and learn in ways that work best for them. That way, learners can shine in unique ways and showcase their skills using strategies that highlight their abilities rather than disabilities.
When learners shine in their unique ways, the classroom culture grows to a more positive note, and they push themselves to do better on each project. According to different studies, differentiated classrooms do a better job of improving learners of all abilities. The fast learners stay challenged more, and students with average learning abilities get the opportunity to showcase their competence in sectors that interest them.
The Bottom Line
Personalized learning is an educational approach that can help students become further engaged in the classroom and their learning when implemented.
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