Giving Compass' Take:

• Michael B. Horn at The 74 gives his opinion on why the term 'personalized learning' should be used as a verb and not a noun in the sense that personalizing learning shouldn’t be a goal unto itself, but used as a means to help students succeed.

• What are potential challenges when shifting away from traditional learning and what are the best ways to adapt personalized learning?

Here are 3 other critical conversations we must have around the future of personalized learning.


Personalized learning remains one of the hottest tickets in today’s education circles. Education technology companies herald its promise. Numerous foundations continue to invest in its potential for transforming schools. I guarantee the phrase will be bellowed through the halls of South By Southwest Education as it commences in Austin, Texas.

Yet it remains a challenge to arrive at a simple definition of personalized learning. Ask any five educators in a room what it is, who’s doing it best, how to implement … and you’re likely to come up with five very different definitions and scenarios.

Some of the more common definitions emphasize students having a voice and choice in what they learn — along with customizing how, when, and where they learn it. Yet other frameworks focus on self-paced learning methods, powered by technology. Still others prescribe that personalized learning must include elements such as competency-based learning or learner profiles.

Read the full article about personalized learning by Michael B. Horn at The 74