Mean What You Say: Defining and Integrating Personalized, Blended and Competency Education

Susan Patrick, Kathryn Kennedy, Allison Powell, International Association for K-12 Online Learning (iNACOL), Apr 07, 2015
Commentary by Stephen Downes

The School Improvement Network sponsored a post in EdSurge linking to this white paper, and the paper is heavy with self-referential linking (so take some of it with a grain of salt) but it is on the whole worth a read as an outline of the major elements (and supporting technologies) for personalized learning. The key point (and probably why it's the subject of a marketing campaign) is that personalized learning and competencies go hand-in-hand. Well, this is true, if the object of learning is some sort of certification or standardized outcome. That's a pretty big 'if' and publishing companies are pushing hard toward making it a fact, because they see a gold mine in standardized learning materials. Non-standard outcomes, though, notwithstanding questions about certification, are far more valuable toward individual growth and development. Interestingly, many of the same technologies described in the report promote both standardized and non-standardized outcomes. (Note that OLDaily does not accept sponsored posts and receives no remuneration for any content posted in this newsletter).

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