Learning Paths vs. Traditional Curriculum: What’s the Difference & Why Does it Matter?

When it comes to eLearning strategy, there is a long-time debate over learning paths vs traditional curriculum. Let’s explore the differences between the two methods.

A learning path allows a learner to choose a route through (typically eLearning) content, which allows them to build knowledge progressively and often, individually. It allows the learner to become an active participant in the learning process and to create a deeper connection with the subject matter. Success is often measured by progress and improvement and the student reaching their personal potential. 

Traditional curriculum on the other hand is typically the teacher-centered delivery of instruction on certain topics to a classroom of learners. Success is often measured by proficiency of memorization and extensive testing of knowledge and skills comprehension. Traditional curriculum can be seen in the long-established, in-person, classroom style of learning used in most schools. Its primary techniques are oral instruction, reading and reciting facts.

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