Verkko-opiskelun keskeinen lupaus on yksilöllisyyden lisääntyminen. Siihen kuuluvat mm. henkilökohtaiset oppimispolut, opiskelu omaan tahtiin ja itse valituilla välineillä. Kaikkein aidoimmillaan yksilöllisyys toteutuu henkilökohtaisissa oppimisympäristöissä (PLE = Personal Learning Environment) ja –oppimisverkostoissa (PLN = Personal Learning Network).
For all of the conversation occurring among educators about PLNs, there has been surprisingly little academic research on PLNs. With many educators using this term to describe their own informal learning habits, it is important for educational researchers to investigate exactly what this concept means to those who are using it as a term to describe a learning activity
According to the Personalized Learning Foundation “it is time to recognize and acknowledge that a one size fits all classroom-only model can no longer effectively serve the needs of all public education students.” Instead, the PL Foundation proposes that personalized learning is more effective because:
“The Personalized Learning model fosters a collaborative partnership between the teacher, parent, student and school that designs a tailored learning program for each student according to the needs and interests of each individual student.”