Like many terms in education, the words “personalized learning” mean different things to different people. To Otus, personalized learning happens when instructional practices, content, and learning environments are tailored to the unique needs and learning preferences of individual students. The key to personalizing learning is data because it is very unlikely that teachers can accurately tailor instructional strategies and content to each student when simply relying on intuition.
Otus is an award-winning Student Performance Platform – a web-based system designed to consolidate instructional technology tools and student performance data in one place. Otus is able to generate data critical to understanding student academic and social-emotional performance in real-time, supplementing high-stakes assessment data that occur infrequently, so that students, teachers, school leaders, and families have a more reliable understanding of student performance.
A major challenge to realizing a personalized learning school system is in the amount of effort required for teachers to fully understand the academic, cognitive, and social-emotional status of every child. The people behind Otus believe that this is because all of the information known about students (grades, attendance, behaviors, performance on classroom-based assignments, etc.) is scattered across technology platforms, “and, maybe, more importantly, the information we want to know about students (strengths, passions, interest, purpose, etc.) isn’t readily available.”
According to the innovators at Otus, right now, when teachers simply have the information needed to see students holistically, every student is able to get the resources and attention they need in order to achieve their personal best. This is personalized learning, and it’s why Otus earned a Cool Tool Award for Best Personalized Learning Solution 2019 from The EdTech Awards program. Learn more.