The Future of Learning

Personalized, Adaptive, and Competency-Base

We are in the midst of a revolution in K–12 education, represented by the shift to digital, highly personalized learning. Students, educators, parents, and policymakers are finding compelling ways to use multiple modalities and technologies to enrich learning and personalize instruction. The use of technology-powered blended learning holds great promise as a cost-effective and egalitarian means to help greater numbers of young people accelerate their learning, graduate, and meet challenges in a competitive world. The key to making personalized learning work for the greatest number of students is adaptive digital environments and experiences, particularly Intelligent Adaptive Learning™ with its ability to precisely adjust to the individual learner. By recalibrating with every interaction to maintain appropriate challenges, learners stay in their optimal learning zone and are enabled to meet their full learning potential. This exciting advance in education has the potential to be the “equalizer” that provides greater access and opportunity for students in our society, regardless of their backgrounds or zip codes.

White Paper Outline

  • What’s Happening?
  • Why Blended Learning?
  • What is Blended Learning?
  • What Does This Have To Do With Common Standards?
  • What is Personalization?
  • Blended Trends
  • What is Competency-Base d Learning?
  • What is Adaptive Learning?
  • What is the Power of Intelligent Adaptive Learning™?
  • Case Study: Cleveland Elementary

Using The CLassroom Rotation Model with Personalized Learning

About the Author: Tom Vander Ark

Tom Vander Ark

Author & CEO, Getting Smart

Tom Vander Ark is a Managing Partner of Learn Capital. Previously, he served as President of the X PRIZE Foundation and Executive Director of Education for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Tom served as a public school superintendent for one of Washington State’s larger school districts that has been recognized for narrowing achievement gaps and reducing administrative costs. Tom also has extensive experience in the private sector serving as a senior executive for retail start up PACE Membership Warehouse that achieved $5 billion in revenue and was sold to K-Mart.

Tom is director of the International Association of K-12 Online Learning (iNACOL) and advises a number of education reform groups. He’s the author of Getting Smart: How Digital Learning is Changing the World and blogs at