About the Consortium
Personalized Learning and Information Technology
Personalized learning seeks to accelerate the student learning process by tailoring the instructional environment to address the needs and skills of individual learners. There are many approaches to the personalization of learning, and information technology is a powerful enabler for postsecondary institutions committed to delivering student-centered instructional models and improving retention and graduation rates. Within higher education today, students and faculty produce enormous quantities of learning-related data. Increasingly this data can be harnessed to enhance student success in individual courses and across degree programs. New and established commercial technology providers are expanding their offerings to support learner profiling, personalized learning paths, early warning systems and targeted interventions to keep students on track.
The Personalized Learning Consortium at APLU offers participating institutions a robust strategy for understanding, implementing and scaling the use of technologies designed to personalize and improve the education experience. The Consortium emerged from an APLU project funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and it currently operates under the aegis of APLU as a separate dues-funded activity and carries out important functions for members from a national office, including: market analyses and tracking; sharing reviews and vendor assessments; organizing product licensing; piloting new adaptive learning technologies, and sharing of learning data. PLC membership positions universities to better capture the enormous economies of scale inherent in information technology and improve learning for students while containing costs. Learn more about our guiding principles and membership criteria.