On October 6, 2011 the Brookings Institute brought together a panel of experts to discuss the topic of personalizing learning. “Moderated by Darrell West, vice president and director of Governance Studies, the panel of experts analyzed how to best incorporate digital technologies into American classrooms and increase the use of adaptive learning and assessment. The panel also examined how education technology can enhance student performance and engagement.
The panel included experts from the university, federal government, and corporate world:
- Chip Hughes –Executive Vice President of School Services K12
- Joanne Weiss – Chief of Staff to U.S. Secretary of Education, Arne Duncan U.S. Department of Education
- Nina Zolt – Co-Founder and Chief Learning Officer ePals.com
- Zoran Popović – Professor and Director, Center for Game Science, University of Washington
All of the panelists felt that meeting the needs of individual learners was key to the future of education. The comments highlighted the possibilities of meeting the needs of all learners through blended learning, game-based opportunities, collaborative projects engaging novice learners with adult experts, and inventives for innovation.