technology-aiding-personalized-learning-experiencesBusinesses may be all about personalization today, but in the field of education, it’s still relatively uncharted territory.

Personalized learning practices are experiencing slow adoption rates, likely because they’re a source of some confusion. What makes personalized learning so different from more traditional experiences? The answer is simple and lies in technology.

When teachers have the technical and digital infrastructure to create personalized learning experiences, the potential is limitless. Students can work on different subjects at their own pace. Instead of catering lessons to a standardized denominator, teachers are free to educate students based on students’ unique skill levels. Here’s how technology is reshaping the face of education.

Access a Digital Curriculum Anywhere, Anytime

Students enrolling in higher education come from different walks of life and have different schedules. They’re united, however, in a common goal: to graduate. Technology allows students to access classes from anywhere based on their unique programs. Some students may have to work full-time to support their families and take their classes at night, while others may live with their parents and complete their assignments during traditional school hours.

Personalized teaching also allows for competency-based education so each student can move at his or her own speed. Rather than statically instructing a group of students and administering tests, teachers can craft dynamic lessons that allow students to engage with the material fully—and to spend as much time as needed to learn and apply it correctly.

Create Digital Tools for Instruction

Modern students require more than just lectures to keep them engaged. As children of the digital age, their attention spans are notoriously shorter than previous generations. Teachers can use digital tools to create dynamic instruction and personalized learning environments. By creating interactive learning environments and assignments, teachers can spend less time “instructing” and more time engaging students with content.

This is the idea of the flipped classroom: instead of attending a lecture and taking notes for a future test, students interact with material outside the classroom—a realm once reserved exclusively for homework—and apply what they learn in the actual classroom. Rather than assigning traditional homework, where the learning process and struggle are invisible to the teacher, students can interact with digital tools. In this way, analytics provide teachers with more opportunities to coach.

Leverage Big Data to Assess Student Knowledge Gaps

Analytics helps identify trends among individual students and larger populations. For example, if a student has trouble with one aspect of the new material, a teacher may see an opportunity to provide individual guidance. If the classroom as a whole struggles to grasp a particular subject, it may be a sign for educators to readdress the curriculum. Technology provides opportunities at both the personalized and classroom levels.

Enhancing Student Achievement with Tutoring

Tutoring software makes it possible for students to work on their own deficits in education when they don’t require the help of an instructor. Some students get stuck in areas that require repetition and practice; adaptive learning software provides an avenue for this, utilizing personalized feedback and analytics that determine if a student is on the right track.

Personalized learning is an umbrella term for the way technology aids the student experience. By incorporating digital resources into a teacher’s toolbox, we ensure they can focus on individual instruction. It’s time we add personalized learning to the education lexicon.

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