Stephen Downes

Knowledge, Learning, Community

Personal Learning Versus Personalized Learning - Making Lifelong Learning Happen

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Online Learning 2019, Contact North, Toronto, Ontario, Lecture, Oct 11, 2019.
This presentation draws a contrast between the concept of ‘personalized learning’, as exemplified in new learning technologies such as adaptive learning, and the concept of ‘personal learning’, which draws from a tradition of adult learning theory and heutagogy. Contrasting starting points, objectives, learning processes and forms of evaluation are identified. The article then considers strategies to implement personal learning in the form of support for lifelong learning, and contrasts this approach with the prevalent model governing educational institutions, and casts it as a means to address ongoing issues of access and sustainability. View and comment on the text of this presentation as an article (work in progress).


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