Today I am beginning my journey through this fabulous book, Learning Personalized, The Evolution of the Contemporary Classroom, written by Allison Zmuda, Greg Curtis, and Diane Ullman. I will be reading sections of this book at a time and posting about what I have learned, both as a reflective journal for myself and also as a way to create more awareness (and hopefully discussion) about the awesome power that lies in the creation of personalized learning (which I call adaptive learning) environments for learners.
I am getting close (about 9 hours) to completing my coursework towards my doctorate in Instruction & Curriculum Leadership with an emphasis on Instructional Design & Technology. I have found the topic I am passionate about - Adaptive Learning - and am planning to complete my dissertation on AL. It is my hope that those who are interested will sign up for the RSS Feed and/or will keep up with my work via Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and LinkedIn.
Heidi Hayes Jacobs, an educational consultant, writes an exciting Forward to this book. Heidi expresses our need for new approaches to teaching and learning in a day where there is lots of digital media readily available to improve our instruction. She explains that "our learners have already made the transition and in many ways are actually waiting for school to catch up with them" (p. xi). She prepares the reader for the wonderfully new emerging pedagogy that these authors will share with us - "day-in-the-life" narratives as Jacobs calls them.
In this book, the authors will demonstrate how to transition to a learner-centered, learner-led type of learning environment where learners are "directly engage learners in determining demonstration of their own learning." This type of learning model requires a major shift at every level, including teacher, school, system (district).
I am excited to read this wonder book and hope it will add to my body of work on adaptive learning - a revolution that will impact education in much the same way, if not more than the invention of the textbook being placed in the hands of individual learners did in the early 1900s.
Come join me on this journey as we navigate the development of learning that is truly personalized and is designed to meet each and every, not most, learner's need right when they need it and at just the right amount.
Zmuda, A., Ullman, D., & Curtis, G. (2015). Learning Personalized: The Evolution of the
Contemporary Classroom. John Wiley & Sons.