I’ve been an enthusiastic advocate for it for many years, and it’s been the focus of the bulk of my career as an educator since 1988. I’m referring to Personalized Learning – that is, striving to truly see and hear each individual learner and support him or her in reaching their self-declared learning goals, whether they’re 6 or 16 or 66.
And now, at a time when I see mainstream education across North America finally grokking the immense potency of this approach to nurturing learning, I’m excited to relate some BIG NEWS:
I am launching the Personalized Learning Academy with the support of the (US-based) SelfDesign Foundation! Initial development plans can be seen here: Personalized Learning Academy but know that initial plans for the PLA are to offer a Certification course this coming fall including leading-edge insights, course-ware, resources, and more for educators and administrators seeking to know more about PL and deepen their experiences of it, personally and professionally. IMO, the future of education will be defined by Personalized Learning.
Last fall I returned to school to begin a PhD in the Faculty of Education at Simon Fraser University, with the intent of focusing my research interests on personalizing learning. I’m continuing to explore this field and I can confirm that personalized learning offers many facets worthy of deeper research and investigation, and I’m very excited to move into this.
Please return to this blog where I will continue to post updates.
“The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes
but in having new eyes.”
– Marcel Proust