While various companies, organizations, institutions, and brands have been working toward personalizing or tailoring products and services to fit the evolving needs of consumers throughout the previous decades, other institutions maintained antiquated the “one size fits all” model. As the effects of globalization, connectivity, and evolving mindsets continued to shake up cultural norms, spark innovative thought, and champion new methodologies within traditional social constructs, the implementation of differentiated instruction, or personalized learning, began to reign supreme. Recognizing the shortcomings of universal and conformist models of operation, innovative companies began to spearhead personalized learning models. Swiftly, these game-changers began to receive recognition for their personalized approaches to garnering comprehension, retaining information, motivating individuals, and learning new skills.
With a basic understanding that all individuals process information differently, require varying methods of learning, and respond to varying tactics in unique ways, the guiding principle of differentiated instruction can be beneficial across most sectors in life. By creating individualized learning models tailored to maximize each individual’s experience, companies following a differentiated instruction model can effectively increase odds of success, harness long-term interest in the direct subject matter, and amass positive outcomes. Within the education sector, fitness and healthcare, lifestyle, and even leisure sectors, breakthrough companies are utilizing this guiding principle to modernize their respective fields, and champion the potential of personalization.
Teach To One
In the educational sector, the innovative learning model developed by New Classrooms, Teach To One, is reshaping the classroom experience through a seamless marriage of a personalized educational platform, and an innovative operational platform. Successfully integrated within multiple partnering schools throughout the country, the breakthrough program meets students at their baseline of comprehension, and provides personalized learning to maximize ongoing comprehension of math. Cumulative in nature, math often manifests the largest rate of ongoing deficits, where students who are proverbially left behind throughout crucial formative years often experience widening gaps in comprehension as times goes by. To combat this, Teach To One effectively spearheads customized education based on each student’s individual needs, learning style, and comprehension level.
Providing opportunities for social-emotional learning via small group activities based on aligning goals, independent assignments, and traditional teacher-led instruction time with groups of students partaking in the same modules, Teach To One enables students to gain a comprehensive education daily. Through this all-encompassing approach, students are able to fully comprehend each topic in the capacity most conducive to their own success. At the end of each session, students fill out exit slips, or short quizzes, which then determine whether the student successfully grasped the concept at hand. If so, the learning module moves forward to another task. If additional attention is needed, the module generates unique material for the following lesson, presented in a different manner, capturing the most conducive learning style for each student over time. Through the effective implementation of this innovative learning model, Teach To One has effectively modernized the traditional classroom setting.
In the same vein that teachers struggle to provide exceptional experiences for students at a myriad of different comprehension levels, the group fitness realm has traditionally struggled to provide motivational and effective instruction to groups of unique individuals, with varying exercise goals, all at different levels of physical fitness. Ditching the homogenous experience of a singular class with a singular standard set of rules, Orange Theory set out to implement the differentiated instruction model into the fitness world. Combining the social and inspirational benefits of group classes, with the advantages of personal training, Orange Theory aimed to provide bespoke physical fitness education and training to each individual member, in a fun, motivational, and effective class setting.
By rotating through various stations, smaller groups receive the attention and instruction of fitness coaches, while still having the ability to control and alter their preferences on machines based on ability level, desired effect, and personal preferences. In order to achieve effective targets, each individual also wears a heart rate monitor to ensure that their efforts remain conducive to exercise goals, allowing instructors to focus on providing in-the-moment experiences for each member.
While various programs have been utilized for language learning purposes, they have traditionally relied on a listen, write, and repeat methodology, which doesn’t necessarily parlay into positive results for every individual. Thus, Babbel has taken a new approach to learning a foreign language, by allowing individuals to tailor their experience to their intended language usage, overall goals, and learning style. With customized lessons that last only between 10 to 15 minutes, and focus primarily on conversational language needs, Babbel provides a stress-free atmosphere for language learning. With interactive lessons designed to keep users active, Babbel’s personalized learning tools disrupt the traditional model of language learning.