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Sir Ken Robinson urges schools to adopt personalized learning

Sir Ken Robinson urges schools to adopt personalized learning | Innovations in e-Learning |

One of the most popular speakers in education...For Robinson, it’s simple: Teach students the way they learn.

“Personalized learning, to me, is the process of contouring learning to the individuals that you’re dealing with, recognizing that we all have different strengths and weaknesses, different interests [and] different ways of learning,” he said in a telephone interview Tuesday from his Los Angeles base.

“It isn’t that everyone has to learn different things, although eventually our interests will take us in different directions,” he continued. “But in terms of the things we want all people to learn ... personalized learning is finding the best ways to engage with people with different interests, passions and ways of thinking.”

It’s what good teachers have always known, he added. “That their job is not to teach subjects, but to teach students.” Janet Steffenhagen

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Clearinghouse study finds declining student persistence rates @insidehighered

Clearinghouse study finds declining student persistence rates @insidehighered | Innovations in e-Learning |

The portion of first-time U.S. students who return to college for a second year has dropped 1.2 percentage points since 2009, according to a report that looks like bad news for the national college completion push.

The findings are the latest from the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center. The nonprofit group regularly releases studies based on the Clearinghouse’s data sets, which cover 96 percent of students nationwide.

According to the report, which was released today, 68.7 percent of students who first enrolled in the fall of 2012 returned to any U.S. institution the following fall. That number, which is the national “persistence” rate, was down from 69.9 percent for students who enrolled in 2009...

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