Share your vision of innovation. In your post, include what personalized learning means to you, characteristics of innovation that you have identified and the challenges associated with thinking outside the box. The due date for the discussion post is Tuesday, February 4.
Innovation to me means new, but according to the article “Innovation” (“Innovation,” n.d.), it can also mean “renew or change”. Innovation has many forms, some successful and others failures. One innovation is beneficial, yet another detrimental. Often times if an innovation originally fails, with a few tweaks it succeeds. Many educational innovations began poorly or misunderstood, but with persistence, and educators who persevered, these innovations became acceptable to colleagues making room for even more innovations.
Personalized learning is one such innovation. In the report by Software & Information Industry Association (Wolf, 2010), “True personalization goes further and requires a major shift in focus from an institution/teacher-centered approach to an authentic, student-centered approach.” Students appreciate instructors meeting educational needs and listening to concerns. This shows that their success is important to instructors. However, for instructors, personalizing learning for students can be time consuming and some students adopt an attitude of entitlement. Instructors want students to succeed, but some are unwilling to apply themselves to simple tasks. Instructors who personalize learning for students have an arsenal of techniques to choose from when facilitating student learning. Instructors successfully implement personalized learning by establishing responsibilities, learning strategies, and competency requirements beneficial to individual students. In today’s educational climate, instructors help students modify their opinion of their ability learn and adopt elements that support personalized learning. In Thom Markham article, “10 Ways to Teach Innovation” (2013) he says, ”education should focus on fostering innovation by putting curiosity, critical thinking, deep understanding, the rules and tools of inquiry, and creative brainstorming at the center of the curriculum.” Even though these elements benefit student learning, many instructors must be innovators who intentionally leave their comfort zone, alter established teaching practices, and answer the naysayers in order to transform their classroom into a more personalized learning environment.
Innovation. (n.d.). Retrieved January 29, 2014, from http://www.princeton.edu/~achaney/tmve/wiki100k/docs/Innovation.html
Markham, T. (2013, April 1). 10 Ways to Teach Innovation. MindShift. Retrieved January 29, 2014, from http://blogs.kqed.org/mindshift/2013/04/10-ways-to-teach-innovation/
Wolf, M. A. (2010, November). Innovate to educate: System [re]design for personalized learning; Software & Information Industry Association In collaboration with ASCD and the Council of Chief State School Officers. Retrieved from http://www.siia.net/pli/