Rebecca Henderson, Pamela Dinan, Kendy Schiffert, Amanda Fair
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Reading, Teaching/Learning Strategy
Graduate / Professional
  • Blended Learning
  • Distance Learning
  • Online Learning
  • PAIU
  • Personalized Learning
  • SCL
  • Student Centered Learning
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    Terms & Definitions: Student-Centered Learning Initiative

    Terms & Definitions: Student-Centered Learning Initiative


    The Student-Centered Learning Initiative in Pennsylvania aims to standardize key terms and instructional frameworks related to student-centered learning concepts.  Led by educational leaders from Pennsylvania Intermediate Units and school districts, with support from Penn State University, the initiative promotes interoperability among professional learning facilitators and designers.  Key concepts include student-centered learning, online and distance learning, blended learning, and personalized learning, all with the goal of improving educational outcomes by empowering students and creating equitable, meaningful learning experiences tailored to individual needs.


    The Student-Centered Learning Definitions & Terms were developed to help Pennsylvania educators implement strategies that support student-centered learning in all learning environments. The following document contains definitions for Student-Centered Learning, Online and Distance Learning, Blended Learning, and Personalized Learning, to support educators in better understanding the similarities and differences between these models.

    To view the full resource, click here or access the attached PDF.