Today’s learners are an impatient lot. They want maximum gain in minimum time. One of the approaches to meet this mandate is to use a personalized eLearning approach. In this article, I share 10 benefits of personalized learning and a case study that showcases its impact.
Personalized eLearning is customization of eLearning so that it can meet the specific needs of learners.
While the concept of personalization of learning is not new and has been in existence since the 1960s, its adaptation for online training or eLearning is a recent phenomenon. The concept continues to evolve and there is no single definition that is widely accepted. I feel that the United States National Education Technology Plan 2017 defines personalized learning effectively:
“Personalized learning refers to instruction in which the pace of learning and the instructional approach are optimized for the needs of each learner. Learning objectives, instructional approaches, and instructional content (and its sequencing) may all vary based on learner needs.In addition, learning activities are meaningful and relevant to learners, driven by their interests, and often self-initiated.”
What Are The Techniques That Can Be Used To Create Personalized eLearning?
Personalization of eLearning is typically done in the following ways:
- You could begin the eLearning course by personalization through an
avatar-based selection. This could then be followed by customized
elements, like themes, fonts, backgrounds, and so on.
- Another way to offer customized eLearning is through customization of
the format of content delivery to suit varied learning styles. For
instance, options to use audio/video, or otherwise, bring in changes
in the degree of interactions, and so on.
- The highest degree of customization is at the learning path level
that is personalized for each learner through pre-assessments or
surveys. For instance,
- A pre-assessment can help us understand the baseline proficiency,
and the learner can be given a personalized learning track that
corresponds to the competency gaps.
- Alternatively, we can use a survey to assess where the learners’
interests lie and then offer a personalized set of recommendations
on how to “consume” this module (that is, which parts could be
skipped and which should be taken with special attention).