Sharing personalized learning to cultivate creativity
As an approach to teaching and learning, creativity helps students to explore unknown zones, develop imagination, and grow as learners. This competence is critical for developing flexibility to adapt to a changing world, empower new generations, and acquire habits for learning and living together. Smart learning spaces, powered by artificial intelligence, are providing increasingly personalized teaching and learning options to students. There is danger that in profiting from its benefits, students could end up trapped in a ‘digital bubble’ that limits possibilities for exploration. Teachers can reap the benefits of personalized learning while avoiding this problem by introducing practices of sharing, collaboration, and stimulation of creativity.
There are numerous models that can be used for developing creativity, including Universal Design for Learning, and models that emphasize exploration, improvisation, problem-solving, gamification, or chance operations. All draw on aspects of neuroscience, and need to be designed to work together with smart learning technologies. They also need to register modifications to social dynamics generated by our daily interactions and collaborations with intelligent agents, inside and outside of school. More research is needed to provide adequate assessment criteria and smart pedagogies that respond to different situations, educational changes, economic demands, and scientific challenges.