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Personalized learning has the future

As technology is rapidly changing the world around us, many people worry that technology will replace human intelligence. Some educators worry that there will be no students to teach anymore in the near future as technology might take over a lot of tasks and abilities that we have been teaching our students for decades. Education will never disappear. It will just take up different forms.

Skyfactor Benchworks
Mentoring education and personalized learning will become more important. Skyfactor Benchworks, a student monitoring service, formerly known as Education Benchmarking Incorporated (EBI), advertises itself as a risk management service, promising to help academics. Benchworks offers a number of nationally-validated assessments for academic programs. In this way, they help companies with facilitating software to monitor students so that teachers can focus on mentoring.

Benchmarking, determining results in an objective and verifiable manner. With the method benchmarking Skyfactor compare business processes and performance data with those of related and similar organizations. The Benchworks Analytics and Research Team provide research-based best practices and tips for maximum impact of your business program assessments.

To provide the learning of each student Benchworks provides market-leading assessments and benchmarking that empower programs across the institution to identify areas of improvement for maximum impact on student outcomes. With the new Student Survey, they can guide collaborative identification of issues and opportunities for interventions to facilitate success in a student’s first year.

Predict the future of the student
The student monitoring service Skyfactor is sold in the US and is used by 130 universities. Course tutors are given access to a dashboard that documents each student’s class attendance, assessment grades, participation in sports practices, and visits to the campus financial aid officer. The program predicts how likely the student is to leave the institution early. If their high grades drop or their passion for sports begins to wane, Skyfactor will flag these individuals in red.

Students will learn with study tools that adapt to the capabilities of a student. This means above average students shall be challenged with harder tasks and questions when a certain level is achieved. Students who experience difficulties with a subject will get the opportunity to practice more until they reach the required level. Students will be positively reinforced during their individual learning processes. This can result in positive learning experiences and will diminish the number of students losing confidence in their academic abilities. Furthermore, teachers will be able to see clearly which students need help in which areas.

David McNally, chief technology officer at Macmillan Science and Education, which owns Skyfactor, says the early warning mechanism is beneficial for all involved. Losing a student is a very expensive loss to an institution.

“If you can get to a student before they drop out, you can keep them in the institution.” – David McNally

He adds that the information is being used for the greater good, which is better education for everybody. He insists it is not only students being tracked: the same programs are being used to compare how effective their tutors are and how well one school is teaching compared with another. In the future, it will be possible to compare the entire local education authorities.

In the end, the students must be more independent in their learning process. Mentoring will become fundamental to student success. Teachers will form a central point in the jungle of information that students will be paving their way through. There is more need for personalized learning. With personalized learning, each student can run through his own process and in this way stand out from the rest. No more one size fits all approach, we don’t need one in a dozen.