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Defining & Differentiating Personalized Learning, Adaptive Learning and Competency-Based Education

Cherron Hoppes (Helix Education, USA)
Amy Hale (Helix Education, USA)
Session Information
April 23, 2015 - 9:40am
Learning Environments and Frameworks
Major Emphasis of Presentation: 
Emerging Technology (tools or processes)
Institutional Level: 
Audience Level: 
Session Type: 
Information Session
Houston B
Session Duration: 
50 Minutes
Concurrent Session 3

Personalized Learning, Adaptive Learning and Competency-Based Education - are they interchangeable, complementary, or significantly different? We'll explore how each works, and how they work together.

Extended Abstract

Higher ed is abuzz with new models, new innovations, and new ways to deliver content, engage students, and measure outcomes. But how do emerging instructional methods like Personalized Learning and Adaptive Learning, as well as education models like Competency-Based Education work, and how do they work together? Are they interchangeable, complementary, or significantly different?

Each of these approaches does its part to combat a one-size-fits-all educational path, delivering a more efficient and productive learning experience that relies on individualized attention, an abundance of data, and targeted assessments. Yet, they do differ in the way that students interact with content and achieve mastery.

As technology enables new learning experiences, instructional methods such as Adaptive Learning and Personalized Learning, as well as educational models such as Competency-Based Education are becoming easier for institutions to implement and create change in the student educational experience. That said, there is still confusion over how each of these models and instructional methods work and how they work together.

Based on Helix Education's white paper, "Instructional Methods and Education Models Shaping the Future of Higher Education," as well as its experience, the expertise of its academic insiders, and industry coverage, the purpose of this session is to provide clarity around these various approaches and highlight important considerations for each of these strategies and methodologies.

This session will address:

  • Overall definitions of each approach and their respective roles in the teaching and learning process
  • Benefits of each approach from a student, faculty, and administrative perspective
  • Industry research on the current state of each approach, as well as predictions of how each will change the education landscape as we know it
  • The role of data in each approach
  • Key questions to ask internally when considering these approaches
  • Transition strategies to implement new instructional methods and education models

Attendees will learn the subtle and not-so-subtle differences between Adaptive Learning, Personalized Learning and Competency-Based Education. They will have an opportunity to discuss the needs of their institution and students, so they can apply the right approach or combination of approaches to enhance the teaching and learning experience. Attendees will learn what is involved in the transition to Adaptive Learning, Personalized Learning and Competency-Based Education.