Posted by: crudbasher | October 18, 2010

Next Gen LMS’s Will Be Personalized


Future Learning Machine circa 1975 (click for more info)


In Web 1.0 pages, everyone saw the same thing when they went to your website.  In Web 2.0, because the user can sign in, they can then be presented with information personalized for them.  This radially improved the way websites operate and can be experienced.  In a lot of ways we are still using Learning Management Systems (LMS) from the Web 1.0 era.  This is not a surprise because a lot of online learning is just a mirror of old style factory model classroom teaching.

Now, things are starting to change.  University of Phoenix, a pioneer on online learning, has unveiled plans for a radically different kind of LMS, one that will adapt and personalize it to each student. I want to just stand up and run a victory lap around the room right now! (people would look at me funny if I did so I won’t)  These people get it.  Students who show up at my college customize everything: their laptops, their phones, their bodies, their cars.  Clearly they value their individuality.

Students will beat a path to the first college that caters to them as an individual learner.

If you follow this to its logical conclusion IMHO, by being able to customize the instruction delivery, you will then be able to customize the curriculum per students, allowing them to reach their maximum potential.  At that point, degrees become obsolete, accreditation no longer matters, and the floodgates of higher education providers will open.  What you know will become as unique as you are.  Businesses will be able to choose the exact best fit for their teams and the graduates will be able to find the exact right job for themselves.

Imagine that future: Students learning what they want to know, in a form that works best for them.  Awesome!

  • Very cool article. Shows how personalization will arise in Higher Ed

    tags: education technology LMS profound learning2.0 nell

    • What can colleges learn from Facebook?
    • Where Facebook has shown unique value is as a data-gathering tool. Never has a website been able to learn so much about its users. And that is where higher education should be taking notes, said Angie McQuaig, director of data innovation at the University of Phoenix, at the 2010 Educause conference on Friday.
    • If Facebook can use analytics to revolutionize advertising in the Web era, McQuaig suggested, colleges can use the same principles to revolutionize online learning.
    • The trick, she said, is individualization.
    • The most successful commercial websites are already moving in this direction, and higher education — which itself is growing increasingly Web-based — needs to catch up, McQuaig said. “What we really need to do now is deeply understand our learners,” she said.
    • This is where the University of Phoenix is headed with its online learning platform. In an effort ambitiously dubbed the “Learning Genome Project,” the for-profit powerhouse says it is building a new learning interface that gets to know each of its 400,000 students personally and adapts to accommodate the idiosyncrasies of their “learning DNA.”
    • “[Each student] comes to us with a set of learning modality preferences,” McQuaig said. The online learning platform Phoenix wants to build, she said, “reject[s] the one-size-fits-all model of presenting content online.” In the age of online education and the personal Web, the standardized curriculum is marked for extinction, McQuaig said; data analytics are going to kill it.
    • Phoenix is certainly not the only institution focusing on how data logged by learning management systems can be used to improve learning.
    • envoys from the South Orange Community College District had unveiled a project called Sherpa, which uses information about students to recommend courses and services. McQuaig said Phoenix has been in conversations with a number of universities that are working toward similar learner-centered online platforms.
    • In any case, she said, it will be expensive to make.
    • But that is where online education, and the Internet as a whole, is headed, McQuaig said.

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  1. It is about time! it will be great when learning is customized, online learning is the perfect place to start!

    • Quite true. The other interesting part is this actually gives online learning an advantage over face to face.

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