Leaders of the International Association for K-12 Online Learning have been advocating that personalized learning is an alternative to many methods of teaching which currently prevail in many classrooms.
In a speech to the annual West Virginia Education Summit, NACOL president and CEO Susan Patrick spoke of the widening focus of personalized learning beyond online applications.
â€ś[The organization] started with a focus on how online courses could expand access to subjects and teachers,â€ť Patrick said.Â These include foreign language, math, science and Advanced Placement courses. Ten years ago, the organization was more centered on fully online education.
â€śWeâ€™re much more focused right now on the future of education as a whole and how education systems can support that change, and the question is what is the appropriate role of online learning,â€ť Patrick said.
According to Patrick, personalized instruction can happen when online learning isÂ â€śin the hands of really great teachers.â€ť
â€śWeâ€™re really focused on this evolution from online learning to blended learning models,â€ť she said.Â Blended learning refers to education combining online and classroom learning.Â She says that the focus now is onÂ â€śrethinking within schools how we redesign learning environments both in person and in the community to give students the knowledge and skills they need.â€ť