Personalized Learning: The Hype, the Hope, and the Straight Dope


The two big changes that have driven increased interest in personalized learning are a new government policy emphasis on degree completion and the commercialization of adaptive educational technologies that have existed in academic laboratories for a long time. The core of personalization is using technology to give students more individual feedback and differentiated instruction by freeing up class discussion time through offloading lecture content to the computer, providing computer-based feedback, or a combination of the two. Because the core value of personalized learning is in the changes in course design and not the products themselves, the strategy can apply to a wide range of courses.

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