The term digital learning or personalized learningcan refer to a broad range of services, tools, and curricular models designed to create individualized learning for students. The concept intersects—and overlaps—with notions including adaptive learning, differentiated instruction, competency-based education, and analytics. The ELI 7 Things You Should Know About Personalized Learning describes it this way:
Personalized learning is intended to provide a unique, highly focused learning path for each student. If a student receives individual attention from an instructor, the lessons, feedback, and assessments will necessarily be tailored to that student’s strengths and weaknesses. Such attention does not scale in traditional educational environments, and proponents of personalized learning maintain that IT systems and tools, along with rich data sets and analytics programs, can provide individualized learning pathways to large numbers of students.
Adaptive learning systems personalize online learning based on student data, offering insights on performance and learning preferences. The system launched at The American Women's College has resulted in participants graduating at twice the national rate.