The role of the LMS in designing personalized learning paths for students

Designing personalized paths for students is no easy feat. There are certain challenges that teachers encounter along the way, including finding the right technology to support personalized paths.

But let’s rewind a little bit to see what we are dealing with here. First, personalized paths are part of a larger strategy for personalized learning (PL). Learning paths have been identified as a key component of PL, along with competency-based progression and flexible learning environments.

According to the RAND corporation cited above, “personal learning paths allow for flexibility in the specific paths students take through content to enact their educational plan, while still holding them to high expectations.”

That is a great description, but I also like to think of paths as treasure hunts, where the ultimate goal is for the student to be in charge of their own success in learning, with the help of the teacher and their peers.

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