Monday, December 2, 2013

Updated Personalization vs. Differentiation vs. Individualization Chart Version 3

Personalization vs. Differentiation vs. Individualization (PDI) Chart (Version 3) 

It has been 23 months since we initially published the PDI Chart January 2012. Version 2 was a revision nine months ago about the differences of these three terms distinguishing that personalization begins with the learner who drives and owns their learning. The other terms are teacher-centered where the teacher provides the instruction, support and assessments for the learners.

We updated the chart again to version 3 from your feedback. Through discussions in our 5 W's of Personalized Learning eCourse and the Six Steps to Personalize Learning workshop, participants helped us realize that we were not clear in the chart about assessment. We needed to focus on Assessment AS, FOR, and OF Learning.

Personalized Learning Chart Version 3 (2013)

  • Individualization involves assessment OF learning. This is where summative assessment is grade-based and involves testing to confirm what learners know and do not know.
  • Differentiation involves assessment FOR learning and OF learning. This is assessment that involves time-based testing where teachers provide feedback to advance learning.
  • Personalization involves assessment AS learning, FOR learning, and a minimal OF learning. This is where teachers develop capacity so learners become independent learners who set goals, monitor progress, and reflect on learning. Assessments are based on mastery.

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