Design Challenge #4: Personalization in an Online Environment

Design Challenge #4: Personalization in an Online Environment

ChallengeToday’s learning environment design challenge was prompted by a discussion I read in the online course we’re currently offering on Learning Environment Modeling.

The statement (and challenge) is that variability and choice for students — i.e. personalization — is easier to manage in a face-to-face learning environment.

Hmmm… Do I think that’s true?

No way!

In fact, I would argue that asynchronous online environments, planned properly, can promote powerful student choice and agency, and provide personalized experiences that are more difficult to pull off in a face-to-face setting.

Okay, that’s a nice pitch. Now, where’s my proof?

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In order to make today’s challenge  meaningful, let me add some further definition.

I want to create a learning environment model (LEM) for an online, asynchronous environment that:

  • Provides learners with personal choices related to relevant content
  • Provides a personalized learning experience that is not only relevant but that also promotes agency
  • Delivers a common set of training or information for all learners related to specific skills or knowledge
  • Offers as standardized, yet personal  performance evaluation that shows real evidence of capability

In other words, the challenge is to design a LEM that delivers a common set of core knowledge and skill training to a course cohort in a way that is completely customized for each learner.


Time to Design: <1 hr.
Context: Face-to-face
Maximum Number of Building Blocks Allowed: Unlimited
Hashtag: #DailyLEM04
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