IBM J. Res. Dev

Personalized Learning Pathways: Enabling intervention creation and tracking

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One-on-one instruction by teachers to their students improves learning outcomes; however, such kinds of instruction practices are not scalable even for smaller classrooms. In this paper, we present the Personalized Learning Pathways (PLP) application to enable personalized interventions for students by their teachers to improve student learning. The PLP application brings together learning content, learner skills, learning activities, and stakeholders (students, teachers, parents, etc.) to achieve specific learning objectives. We report the existing gaps with respect to intervention in learning systems and the requirements necessary to achieve personalized intervention. We also present the detailed architecture of the PLP, along with a preliminary study of PLP in Gwinnett County Public Schools for approximately 8 weeks. Field trial results demonstrate the effective use of PLP by the teachers for creating personalized learning plans for their students.