From standardisation to customisation

From industrial-era mass education to individualised, digitally-enabled learning paths.

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  • Modern-day economies are increasingly built around human capital (rather than industrial machines), and there is therefore a much stronger need to maximise everyone’s potential.
  • One-size-fits-all is unlikely to work in this new environment. Individualised learning paths can help students and workers to develop their innate talents and capabilities.
  • Personalisation of learning requires a major change in the organisation and delivery of education and on-the-job learning, recentring it around personal progress.
  • Up till now, high costs were considered as an insurmountable obstacle to scaling up such approaches because introducing a truly individual approach on a wide scale would mean hiring a significant number of teachers or learning coaches. Thanks to the emergence of new technologies and resources this may no longer be the case.

The future is already here

Personalising classroom learning using data analytics: the case of Singapore

With the average primary school class consisting of up to 40 pupils, teachers have typically found it hard to personalise learning for each individual student.

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