ELI Course: Personalized Learning: Finding the Model That Fits Your Institution

Personalized Learning: Finding the Model That Fits Your Institution

Course Overview

So called "personalized learning" products, from adaptive learning digital tutors to competency-based courseware, are becoming increasingly prevalent on campus, from widespread adoption in survey and developmental courses to entire online programs adopting them wholesale. They are driving major changes in pedagogy and in the roles of the professor, teaching assistant, and student in significant portions of the college curriculum. And yet, there are few opportunities for faculty and other campus stakeholders to have level-headed conversations about what these products are actually good for (and what they are not good for), how they are being used, and what faculty and students think about them.

By drawing on various implementation case studies, this course will enable you to consider the value of personalized learning for your campus community and to lead productive conversations about its role. Drawing on a range of video case studies and supplemental materials, you will identify the issues and opportunities around personalized learning that are relevant to an institution and student body like yours.

Learning Objectives

During this ELI course, participants will:

  • Develop a high-level understanding of the pedagogical approaches, technologies, and products that are most often included under the term "personalized learning," including adaptive learning, flipped classroom, self-regulated learning, and competency-based education
  • Identify the uses of personalized learning that are most relevant for their particular campus, as well as some of the issues that are most likely to arise in their context
  • Collect and organize resources relevant to facilitating on-campus discussions on personalized learning that members of their respective campus communities would find appropriate, interesting, and useful

NOTE: Participants will be asked to complete assignments in between the course segments that support the learning objectives stated above and will receive feedback and constructive critique from course instructors on how to improve and shape their work.

Course Instructors

Phil Hill

Phil Hill, Partner, MindWires Consulting

Phil Hill (@PhilOnEdTech) is co-publisher of the e-Literate blog, co-producer of e-Literate TV, and partner at MindWires Consulting. As a market analyst, Phil has analyzed the growth of technology-enabled change for educational institutions, uncovering and describing the major trends and implications for the broader market. His unique graphics and visual presentations have been widely used in the industry. As an independent consultant, Phil helps educational institutions, technology and content vendors, and policy makers as they consider and implement new initiatives.

Michael Feldstein

Michael Feldstein, Partner, MindWires Consulting

Michael Feldstein has a long and eclectic background in education, from teacher to blended an online education program administrator to educational technology product designer to ed tech analyst and consultant. He is a partner at MindWires Consulting, co-publisher of the e-Literate educational technology analysis site, and co-producer of e-Literate TV. He has worked in product and program management for Cengage Learning and Oracle Corporation and served as assistant director at the SUNY Learning Network.