If Personalized Learning is the Journey, then Adaptive Learning is the Waze App

Personalized Learning vs. Adaptive Learning

Imagine you wanted to take a road trip from San Diego to San Francisco, about 500 miles. Before setting off, you want to know how long it will take and the best way to go. You open your Waze app and the GPS locates you, highlighting several routes. You choose one and get going. Along the way, your Waze app reroutes you several times to avoid traffic or accidents and even helps you locate gas or food. Your trip ends up following a few dozen different, unexpected directions, rather than just a straight line, like on a paper map. AL personalized learning is like your journey to San Francisco, while the Waze app is like adaptive learning, in that it makes adjustments to your route based on where you’re at, to get you to your destination in the most efficient way possible. 

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