Personalised learning involves the customisation of lesson plans which benefits individual students according to their needs, interest, ability and pace. It also emphasizes on their efficient mastery of skills and topics taught.
Why Is Personalised Learning Important?
Each kid learns in a different way and at a different pace. Although a universal one-size-fit-all lesson plan meets the objective of imparting knowledge, it does not maximise students’ learning benefits.
For effective learning to take place, personalisation is indeed necessary. The ability to identify students’ strengths and weaknesses enable teachers to accurately pinpoint learning gaps and make prompt rectification to reinforce learning.
In a personalised learning setup, students can be more efficient in their revision and emphasise on improving their weaknesses. With a better understanding of their learning progress, they are more likely to engage and do their best.
Adoption Of Technology In Teaching
Schools and learning centres had gradually warmed up to the concept of integrating technology in their teaching after the mayhem of the pandemic. Examples of lessons being conducted virtually, assignments being disseminated and completed electronically are common scenes now. Other than maintaining the continuity of teaching, some experienced economic benefits beyond their normal operations, gaining the opportunity to teach students who are overseas.
The adoption of technology has largely been a success and such optimism has sent strong encouraging examples to those who are still sitting on the fence. The reluctance from this group mainly stems from their fear of the lack of technology knowledge and technical expertise – they do not know how and where to start. On the other hand, there are also some who have integrated EduTech in their teaching but have not fully utilised the features and not benefitting as much due to lack of time and manpower resources.
However, such a worry can now be overcome by dedicated solution providers who share their knowledge, train and hand-hold schools and learning centres at every phase of their technology implementation to maximise their benefits.
Technology Impact In Personalised Learning
During the pandemic, schools and learning centres did not fully leverage on and maximise the benefits technology has to offer. Most of them were using only the video-conferencing tool to teach and communicate as educators continue to face huge challenges in attending to the differing needs of each student virtually.
For example, educators can neither speak to every student, nor can they curate personalised assignments to support them in areas that they are weaker in due to insufficient statistics and lack of technology expertise. That said, the theory of one-size-fit-all lesson plan will not be as effective as compared to a personalised learning which is customised based on the student’s learning ability and pace.
As technology advances, learning platforms evolved and use of AI technology to make personalised learning easy and scalable.
SmartJen has also transformed from a pure digital assessment platform, to now, a unique AI-powered platform integrated with personalised assessment, synchronous and asynchronous learning.
By empowering educators’ work based on data, machine learning and AI technologies, they enable individualised or personalised learning with differentiated instructions in a highly collaborative and engaging learning space. This dynamic learning environment magnifies learners’ opportunities and enhances their learning journey.
The ability to analyse data enables important performance statistics to be compiled, providing further learning insights beneficial to both educators and students. SmartJen adaptive learning technology offers transparency of learning outcomes and enables personalised teaching to best suit individual learning objectives.
Strengths and weaknesses are visible at a glance, allowing educators to make prompt adjustments to bridge the gaps by tailoring a more suitable teaching and personalised learning plan.
Apart from technology, communication is another key to the success of personalised learning. Voices from various stakeholders like students, teachers and even parents allow schools and learning centres to develop and enhance both the curriculum and enrichment opportunities, fostering a personalised experience. Therefore, such collaborations and interaction between the stakeholders should not be constrained by location.
SmartJen’s engaging learning space, ‘live’ online discussion and consultation, as well as the use of collaborative whiteboards and tools to mimic the learning environment of a physical school, facilitate instant feedback and encourage clarifications at any time, from anywhere.
That said, SmartJen will continue to make improvements on its technology and features to enhance the experience of personalised learning – personalisation through blended learning, enabling educators to teach online and on-site seamlessly, in an effective, efficient and engaging manner.
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