Self-Directed Learning Additional Opportunities for Personalization Self-directed learning can easily be integrated into any class schedule because students primarily create and work on their programs individually. The independent nature of this module lends itself well to simultaneous one-to-one conferences and contexts where time is in short supply. We believe personalized learning is more powerful when there is someone to share with and a coach present to give guidance from time to time. Throughout the year, it is recommended to schedule several learning conferences for students to share learning and check their progress. In addition, you might want to schedule smaller informal check-ins from time to time. At the end of the semester or year, provide an optional opportunity for students to share their learning with the class. Learning Playlists Get Started Now Learning playlists let students independently create and implement a self-paced course, using a starting template with curated lessons, to improve specific skills that assist them in achieving their goal(s). In addition to sharing their learning along the way, students are encouraged to create a capstone project of their choosing.

Curated content for learning playlists already exists for several core academic areas. Unfortunately, learning support is not one of these areas. (We haven't found any sources specific to learning support that are freely available, but please let us know if we have overlooked something.) The good news is that we've created a project that allows students to create their own personal learning playlists and we are excited to share it with you. If you have your students use the playlist project, help everyone out by making improvements to it and sharing back the revisions on the Sharing Center.
Personal Learning Playlist Project
Learning Playlists A Transformative Learning Tool We are excited about the deep level of personalization and flexibility that playlists bring to the blended classroom. That is why we are currently in the process of building a Learning Studio that will allow students and teachers to truly leverage the power of learning playlists. Students will be able to freely use an online learning system housed within the MARIO Framework to create a playlist composed of micro-lessons related to the skills they want to improve. After completing short lessons, students will choose from a range of engaging assignments or assessments and build a comprehensive portfolio. Throughout the process, students will be encouraged to share their learning (anonymously or not) in authentic contexts via Twitter, Instagram, and the Learning Studio.


Additional Components and Important Elements Starters, Transitions, & Final Thoughts Student Support Plans Measuring Your Impact