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Personalized Learning with Experience API (#xAPI)


Personalized Learning already has a lot of researches, papers, articles and best practices. When elaborating this topic, some relevant terms might be mentioned, such as Self-Regulated Learning, Self-Directed Learning, Student-Centered Learning, Universal Design for Learning, or even Adaptive Learning. All these are aiming to break assembly-line factory model of learning and customize learning experiences for… Read More ›

Why Competency-Based Learning is Crucial for Personalized Learning

With online courses and resources available in abundance, competency-based learning should play a more crucial role in education. A competency-based education allows students to progress at their speed. Students can take an assessment on-demand when they were ready to demonstrate mastery on specific competencies.  Learning truly becomes more personalized. This infographic is created by Rasmussen College. Beyond the scope of this… Read More ›

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Adaptive Assessment Facilitates Differentiated Learning

As we move to a model where learners have options in terms of how they learn, there is a new role for assessment in diagnosing how best to support an individual learner. This new role should not be confused with computerized adaptive testing, which has been used for years to give examinees different assessment items… Read More ›

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The Learning Story of YOU (#mlearning)

Ever since the beginning of the Internet age, all things and processes can be digitized and hence exchanged through the Internet are only getting more decentralized and democratized. This trend includes learner-centered learning, and that a learner can involve in plotting his/her own learning story, personalized his/her own learning journey. Can you tell the significance of… Read More ›

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The Quest of Reading and Writing in Common Core State Standards

Mission statements for all educators: — Common Core State Standards ask that every teacher plays a role in students’ writing development, whether you teach Literature, Math, Science or Social Studies. — The Standards for the English Language Arts requests to get kids to engage with what they’re reading on a deeper level: to ask questions… Read More ›

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Interactive Brain Map: 84 Strategies for Accelerated Learning (3D)

Hi Everyone! This is an interactive brain map that Open Colleges created to show how we learn using our brain. You can spin the brain to explore all points. Enjoy! An interactive infographic brought to you by Informed

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25 Ways to Cultivate Intrinsic Motivation

By Saga Briggs, re-published from with permission In the context of learning, intrinsic motivation is motivation that stems not from external factors like grades and status, but rather from genuine interest and ambition. Like altruism, it assumes no reward. But – like altruism – it is difficult to corroborate. Even if Sally, your best student, completes the… Read More ›

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5 Hypotheses About Learning That Suggest Self-Directed Learning

By  Terry Heick, : Five Hypotheses About Learning That Suggest Self-Directed Learning In our continuing reading and research on learning–whether we’re looking at project-based learning, problem-based learning, blended learning, or any number of other approaches–we often bump into the idea of self-directed learning. This is not a coincidence, we believe, as even Dewey promoted the… Read More ›

(Infographic) Putting Students at The Center

from We know that each student is unique, but what about each student’s brain? This new Students at the Center infographic from Christina Hinton and JFF(Jobs For the Future) draws on the research from Mind, Brain, and Education to depict the brain science behind student-centered approaches to learning. Check out more resources about Putting Students at the… Read More ›

Self-Directed Learning Well Explained and 27 Actions has a series of posts about self-directed learning by Terry Heick and the staff, well worth a read! “Learning is most effective when it’s personalised; it means something to the learner. That happens when people feel they are participants and investors in their own learning, shaping what and how they learn, and able to articulate… Read More ›

The Shift From Cohorts to Competency [Infographic]

“The Shift From Cohorts to Competency” is the fourth DLN Smart Series white paper released in collaboration with Getting Smart. This paper outlines how schools and districts can ensure every student gains the necessary skills to graduate college and career ready by shifting to competency-based education. (View the infographic below) Also check out another policy paper… Read More ›

Culture Shift: When the Learner Owns the Learning

by Barbara Bray / Kathleen McClaskey, from Alliance for Excellent Education’s report on Culture Shift provides facts that point to learner-centered instruction and the use of technology to “guide students toward greater ownership of their learning.” “It is not about instruction or technology. It is about the learner owning and driving their learning.” Barbara Bray / Kathleen McClaskey The… Read More ›

Making, Playing, Learning and Working Memory

Working memory measures potential to learn, and can be crucial in supporting classroom achievement, says Tracy Packiam Alloway. She researches working memory at the University of North Florida and has developed the world’s first standardised working memory tests for educators. Her latest book is an edited collection, Working Memory: The Connected Intelligence, published by Psychology Press…. Read More ›

Brain-based Learning and Higher Ed

by Justin Marquis Ph.D., As a graduate of a doctoral program with a heavy emphasis on learning science, I have long believed that we will eventually understand the inner workings of the human brain to such a degree that we will be able to quantify the effects of every interaction and learning experience. This… Read More ›

The Virtues of Daydreaming And 30 Other Surprising (And Controversial) Research Findings About How Students Learn

Have you checked your assumptions about student learning at the door? People in general, hold onto beliefs that are shaped by early experiences, the media, and faulty influences. The following list is a compilation of research that may surprise you. Video games, e-books, playtime, and music are all a part of an educator’s repertoire. Read… Read More ›