In 2016, Kathleen McClaskey presented a session entitled Developing the Expert Learner through the Stages of Personalized Learning. Within this session, Kathleen presented on ways to help learners understand their strengths and deploy learning strategies, discussing ways to help students develop self-directed skills to support learning challenges. Among other things, she described a progression to develop expert learners using the UDL Guidelines, stages of personalized learning, and continuums that help understanding ways to move from teacher-centered to learner-centered environments.
How can we develop learners to become expert learners? In personalized learning environments, learners under- stand their strengths and challenges and are able to deploy learning strategies to support their learning. On a daily basis, they are developing the skills to be self-directed learners who are able to monitor their progress and make connections with prior learning. These learners can also choose and use the technologies for the task. If learners continue to learn in these environments, the anticipated result will be expert learners who are truly prepared for their future. The continuum to develop expert learners provides the journey learners of all ages can go through to build expertise.
Let’s take a look at the Stages of Personalized Learning Environments and how we can develop expert learners by helping them develop the skills at each stage along the Continuum of an Expert Learner:
Voice – Choice – Engagement – Motivation – Ownership – Purpose – Self-Efficacy