VirtualSC staff has asked for assistance in creating a collection of resources for implementing personalized learning (PL). VirtualSC would like to use the collection to further grow the vision of VirtualSC’s PL work and to determine changes to make with VirtualSC courses. Initial collaborative conversations with VirtualSC have yielded the following ideas for conceptualizing this Personalized Learning Resource Database. Practices would include those implemented in either brick-and-mortar or virtual classrooms. The database would be structured to have practices organized around the components of the South Carolina Personalized Learning Framework, which are student ownership, learner profiles, learning pathways, and flexible learning environments. The database would have a structure and format that would enable it to be an ongoing collection that VirtualSC staff could continue adding to as the work evolves. The database would include a list of practices organized around components of the SC framework, with pointers to additional information for each practice; this additional information could include videos (such as those being created by the Southeast Comprehensive Center [SECC]), research articles, and observation notes from visits that VirtualSC staff are making to classrooms around the state. VirtualSC also would like assistance in designing and populating the research database, to the extent that resources allow. If resources suggest starting with a single component of the framework, the SC staff would like the team to start with practices for supporting Student Ownership, since that component cuts across the other three main components. SECC and REL Southeast have partnered and met this month to plan the design of the database and to support the VirtualSC request.
In January, SECC and REL Southeast will continue to meet virtually for follow up and to establish next steps, particularly soon communicating with a technology-responsible VirtualSC staff member to establish the type of platform that should be used to build the database so that it can be hosted on the VirtualSC website. Accompanying resource submission forms will be designed as well so that submissions made by VirtualSC, SECC, and REL Southeast staff can be vetted by VirtualSC staff assigned to the task prior to posting resources in the database.
Technological compatibility across SECC and VirtualSC platforms will impact database design, so both entities will accordingly plan the design so as not to hinder the full operation of the database on the VirtualSC platform.