How personalized learning can reshape education: Insights from a special Gates Foundation panel

Image via Shutterstock Buy the textbook. Attend lectures. Take tests. Get graded on a curve. This is the way most people remember their college or university learning experience. Learners, however, are a diverse group, with a wide range of personal histories, different approaches to learning, and varying degrees of technological savvy.Engaging today’s students with yesterday’s methods creates tension among many learner populations, where many traditional approaches to learning prove unappealing. Combine modern economic and social issues, and traditional learning looks out of sync with reality. Rather than slog through lectures, dry reading assignments and long-form essays that don’t seem relevant to their life experience, many students simply leave school. The students who don’t complete college, but want to continue to learn, potentially join the ranks of non-traditional students: working adults seeking…


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