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Definitions Personalized Learning

The concept of personalized learning is not new to educators. However, the term, personalized learning, is relatively new and is gaining more interest and excitement in K-12 classrooms in Wisconsin and nationally. Although there is not one commonly accepted definition of personalized learning, the definitions below share some similar components.

From the Institute for Personalized Learning, a division of CESA #1

“…an approach to learning and instruction that is designed around individual learner readiness, strengths, needs and interests. Learners are active participants in setting goals, planning learning paths, tracking progress and determining how learning will be demonstrated. At any given time, learning objectives, content, methods and pacing are likely to vary from learner to learner as they pursue proficiency relative to established standards.”

Source (Accessed: December 1, 2016)

From the Gates Foundation

“Personalized learning embodies three core characteristics, which help accelerate and deepen learning for all students: 1) student-teacher bond is the heart of learning; 2) learning happens anywhere, anytime; and 3) all students are ready for college and career."

Source (Accessed: February 6, 2017)

From the Glossary of Education Reform

“…personalized learning, or personalization refers to a diverse variety of educational programs, learning experiences, instructional approaches, and academic-support strategies that are intended to address the distinct learning needs, interests, aspirations, or cultural backgrounds of individual students. Personalized learning is generally seen as an alternative to so-called “one-size-fits-all” approaches to schooling…”

Source (Accessed: December 1, 2016)

From the International Association for K-12 Online Learning (INACOL)

“Tailoring learning for each student’s strengths, needs, and interests - including enabling student voice and choice in what, how, when and where they learn – to provide flexibility and supports to ensure mastery of the highest standards possible.”

Source (Accessed: December 1, 2016)