• Teaching through Personalized Instruction

      Dobersek, Urska
      In this session, I will discuss my experiences with Open Classroom (OC) practices in which student learning is personalized with options to select different assignments with built-in choices (e.g., essay vs. presentation) that are accompanied with dynamic rubrics to match students’ personal strengths and preferences. A course syllabus is co-created with the students using a democratic process encouraging fair and just treatment to create an enjoyable, engaged, and student-centered experience. Reading material is often selected by the students and the course content is student-driven. Given that students who are engaged in the planning process, and adapting instruction, assessment, and learning environments to their needs and preferences, show increased motivation, performance, participation, and ownership in course structure and content, I believe that many educators would find OC practices useful and relevant (Blinne, 2013; Dabbagh & Kitsantas, 2012; Hudd, 2003; Martindale & Dowdy, 2010).   References Blinne, K. C. (2013). Start with the syllabus: Helping learners learn through class content collaboration. College Teaching, 61(2), 41-43. Dabbagh, N., & Kitsantas, A. (2012). Personal Learning Environments, social media, and self- regulated learning: A natural formula for connecting formal and informal learning. The Internet and higher education, 15(1), 3-8. Hudd, S. S. (2003). Syllabus under construction: Involving students in the creation of class assignments. Teaching sociology, 195-202. Iyengar SS, Lepper MR. (2000). When choice is demotivating: can one desire too much of a good thing?. J Pers Soc Psychol;79(6):995–1006. doi:10.1037//0022-3514.79.6.995 Martindale, T., & Dowdy, M. (2010). Personal learning environments. Emerging technologies in distance education, 177-193. Patall, E. A., Cooper, H., & Wynn, S. R. (2010). The effectiveness and relative importance of choice in the classroom. Journal of Educational Psychology, 102(4), 896. Rathbone, C. H., & Smith, L. A. H. (2019). Open education: The classroom, philosophical underpinnings, English beginnings, the American experience, controversies questions and criticisms. Dobersek, U. Syllabus and other assignments created for Open Classroom.