Horn believes that customizing education to each student’s individual needs is key for both motivation and learning. “One of the big reasons that school is so boring, quite frankly, is that we all have different learning needs at different times—different things turn us on,” he states. A student struggling with fundamental skills should not be reading Shakespeare, Horn explains, but instead should be put in a blended environment that uses software to improve basic literacy before moving the student into a small group discussion with a teacher.
Blended learning environments can also avoid constraining students with diverse talents or interests. As Horn declares, “The reality with online learning is you can learn from anyone, anywhere, and you can get great, talented courses and teachers to come into your classroom, in effect, even if they live across the world.” He notes that it is important to give students greater educational choice as they progress to higher grade levels so that they take charge of their own learning moving forward.
In this interview, Horn describes how blended learning can create a game-based classroom environment that encourages students to help each other achieve educational goals. He also discusses how, as education moves beyond traditional institutions, credentialing will have to evolve, assessments will have to become more organic, and regulations will have to become outcome-based.
Source: Conscious Life News