Personalizing Learning


Traditionally, schools have been seen as the place where learning occurs, yet people are continually learning all day, every day. In this assignment, you will explore how you learn best when you are learning something of interest, and you will compare and contrast your preferences with a case study.

Assignment Instructions

Part 1

Imagine you have inherited a ton of money and will never have to work for income for the rest of your life. Think of something you have wished you could experience, learn, or figure out, if only you had the time, money, or energy. What would you learn and how would you do it? Is your unique way of approaching learning this thing like other people’s or is it very different?

  • Apply learning theory terminology and concepts to describe the learning situation.
    • Identify what it is you will be learning.
    • Using a learning theory of your choice from any presented in the course, explain your understanding of this topic, concept, or skill so far.
    • Describe how you will go about learning your new topic, concept, or skill.
    • Predict what you should be able to do or understand after your learning experience, using terms from this theory.
  • Justify which learning theory best supports the personal learning situation.
    • Explain why this plan works best for you. Is it your personality, experience, knowledge, or something else that makes this the best plan?
    • Critique this theory. What could it explain well about you and your learning plan, and what could it simply not explain?

Part 2

Select a case from Learning Theories: Case Studies.

  • Analyze the ability of a theory to explain and predict a case
    • Identify what the person in the case was hoping to learn.
    • Explore if your approach to learning your topic, concept, or skill from Part 1 would work effectively for the person in the selected case to learn their topic, concept, or skill.
    • Explain any challenges that would be involved for the person from the case study learning this way.
    • Critique the learning theory you chose in Part 1 for its ability to explain and predict learning for the person.

Note: You are asked to write from your perspective for many of the elements of this paper. When you are presenting your own theoretical orientation and learning plan, it is most appropriate to use the first person.

Additional Requirements

  • Written communication: Write coherently to support central ideas, in appropriate APA format, and with correct grammar, usage, and mechanics.
  • Tone: Write in the first person when you are presenting your own theoretical orientation and learning plan.
  • Length of paper: 4–6 typed, double-spaced pages, not including the title page or reference page.
  • References: At least five scholarly articles (from peer-reviewed journals). Books and other sources can be used, if needed, in addition to the journal articles.
  • APA format: Follow current APA guidelines for style and formatting, as well as for citing your resources in the body of your paper and in alphabetical order on the Reference page.
  • Refer to the Evidence and APA section of the Writing Center for guidance.
  • Font and font size: Times New Roman, 12 point, double-spaced.




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