How do we effectively prepare students for their futures in a standardised learning environment, so often designed with a 'one size fits all' approach to education?
In 2019 and 2020, McKinsey surveys forecasted a predominantly individual classroom experience with personalised, self-paced instruction for learners by 2030.
This is an approach many academics agree with, and thriving online schools have implemented this for thousands of high school students.
But what does that this individualised classroom look like in practice?
It doesn’t have to look one specific way. It doesn't have to be an expensive, niche private school education. It could be, but it could also have a 'classroom of one' approach with learning coach support.
But it’s more about utilising technology to set students up for success in a personal capacity, be that in one single virtual classroom or a once-off academic course or programme.
Personalised learning is more accessible than ever as technology affords online schools incredible visibility of a student’s progress as data measures and tracks each learner’s learning path, and sees exactly what kinds of outcomes they are struggling with as individuals.
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Data is able to show where interventions need to be made before it is too late
Valamis.com says that personalised learning experiences consider an individual learner’s existing knowledge, experience and learning habits and then connect them to learning methods for improved overall learning performance.
According to StudyInternational.com, 75% of students learn more effectively via video (be that in a virtual classroom or following a pre-recorded video lesson) as opposed to learning in a traditional in-person class.
Students feel they have more control when mastering the content as they can take things at their own pace. They can replay a class, skip back and forth, and advance at their own pace.
And there are just an endless array of such tools available in the online classroom, from videos, PDFs, podcasts, collaborative platforms, and gamified learning experiences.
Every child, learner, and adult learns differently
There are students who are visual learners, while others prefer audio, and a lot of kids really love the atmosphere of a traditional classroom while others thrive solo. It’s all about learning preferences.
With a self-paced, personalised model, completing lessons and submitting assignments become personal responsibility.
Students need to rely on themselves and have to reach out to tutors when they need help and assistance. Learning online thus teaches students to take charge of their own schooling and progress.
These lessons are all vital for successful adult living and working, especially if you work for yourself.
Submitted to Parent24 by Valenture Institute.
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