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A method for personalized learning and teaching in large student groups

Personalized Learning Paths

location_on Vantaa, Finland
This teaching method allows learning to be individualized according to each student's strengths, tendencies and temperaments, while they continue to work collaboratively in a social context.
Personalized learning is one of the most significant trends in education and pedagogy at the moment

Pekka Peura, teacher


HundrED has selected this innovation to

HundrED 2019

HundrED 2018

Finland 100

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Innovation Overview

9 - 18
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7 109
Updated on June 28th, 2022
about the innovation

What is Personalized Learning Paths?

Personalized learning is a teaching ideology, a Finnish version of the internationally renowned concept of reversed, or 'flipped' learning. It provides a theoretical framework for how each and every learner can be treated as an individual at a practical level, despite schools often having large and heterogeneous classes.

The model takes into account the key conditions of learning, such as the motivation of the student and the associated feelings of autonomy, ability and relevance of the learning.

The personalized learning model uses practical tools to help students gain more ownership of their learning. The aim is to increase motivation and commitment to learning, acknowledging that the students themselves often have a stronger understanding of what they are capable of and what drives them to succeed. An individual learning path and the associated self assessment is key to this. 

The idea of ​​individual learning is easiest to implement when one class teacher works with the same group of students throughout the academic year. Classes have multiple teachers, particularly in different subjects and in large schools, so long-term and deep-seated learning strategies require close co-operation between teachers.

The biggest challenges for personalized learning come from the current institutional culture of schools and from how teaching is organized. The curriculum-based model introduces subjects individually for a short period, two to three times a week.

Setting goals and receiving feedback are essential parts of the learning process. The learning path is a concrete, visualized and easily understandable list of goals designed to guide students from their current level of knowledge towards a higher level of competence. Self-assessment and peer-review, coupled with the learning path, help the student to better understand their own skills and increases their sense of autonomy and ownership in learning.

Pekka Peura began to develop the practical application of the teaching methodology and its theoretical model in 2009, giving high school students a seven week study assignment instead of shorter learning objectives. This proved to be a good practice for both fast and slower learners.



HundrED Academy Review


The method improves learning motivation, self-knowledge and learning outcomes by reorganizing instruction within the teacher's working hours.


Improved learning skills and school satisfaction can increase well-being outside of school as well.


The method is easily applicable in different environments and subjects without significant financial resources.


Achievements & Awards

May 2022
Finland 100
May 2019
November 2018
HundrED 2019
October 2017
HundrED 2018
June 2017
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Before the learning period
Plan a sufficiently extensive and flexibile learning path for a learning unit, that the students can follow according to their individual and natural learning pace.
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Plan the evaluation practices
Learning objectives must be flexible so that they are scaled to the different abilities of the learners in each subject.
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During the first lesson
Introduce the learning path, learning objectives, and evaluation practices of the learning period.
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During the first weeks
You can arrange lessons that everyone takes part in, but be sure to allow everyone the possibility for self-paced learning.
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During the learning period
Support ownership of learning. It can help student motivation and commitment to give students the responsibility to decide on their own learning pace and how they demonstrate their skills to the teacher.
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At the end of the learning period
Arrange evaluation discussions with students. Evaluation discussions are a very good practice in supporting students’ learning, encouraging and creating a good relationship of trust.
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