Part 10: Fall 2019 Labs

190 Personalized Learning — 09.18.2019

On September 18, 2019, participants of the Active Teaching Lab discussed “Personalized Learning” (PL). The focus of the discussion was on how to design paths for students to customize their learning experience. 


  • What is “personalized learning”? Focusing on just a few aspects of this concept, participants discussed how PL is a student-directed demonstration of learning that focuses on project-based outcomes.
  • Scaffolding is essential. Assigning benchmarks, scheduling meetings, and affording in-class time to progress on a project keeps students on track and also allows you to monitor their progress at numerous stages of the process.
  • Involve your students in the design and re-design process! Consider including a way for students to reflect on the entire process itself and use their comments as starting points for a redesign of the curricular experience.

For more information visit the session’s activity sheet.


The Active Teaching Lab is a Faculty Engagement program with sessions held on Wednesdays from 1:00-2:00pm and Fridays from 8:30-9:45am in the Middleton Building (1305 Linden Dr.), room 120. Check out upcoming Labs or read the recaps from past Labs. We build interdisciplinary conversations that are more emergent than a presenter and more dynamic than a panel — a conversation with colleagues sharing challenges, solutions, and experiments on topics selected by a variety of stakeholders.

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