The Inconvenient Truth About Personalized Learning

Julia Freeland Fisher, Clayton Christensen Institute, May 10, 2016
Commentary by Stephen Downes

I think this article captures the core problem not only with learning research but also with learning analytics: "simply asking what works stops short of the real question at the heart of a truly personalized system: what works, for which students, in what circumstances?" There is, notes the author, "mounting evidence that 'average' itself is a flawed construct."  At a certain point, you need to be able to say why something works, which includes having an explanation for when it doesn't work. Most education research doesn't come close to this point.

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