Blogpost by Eilif Trondsen. Originally posted here.
We have all heard it stated many times, I am sure, that learning is a very personal and social process, where “individual context” is key to how effective someone’s learning will be—in part because that context will drive the learner’s engagement in the learning materials. We all have very different needs, backgrounds, and experiences and most of us learn in different ways and at different speeds, and these things also affect, or are affected by, how engaged we are in the learning process.
And this situation makes it very clear what challenges are faced by teachers and professors in the classroom, especially when they present the same lecture to all the students in the class, regardless of their contextual differences. It is not surprising, therefore, that many educators and edupreneurs have felt that this is an area where technology could make a big difference, by adjusting the learning process and materials presented (i.e. both content, in terms of degree of difficulty, for instance, as well as the speed in which it is delivered), to the specific learner’s context. [Read more…]