In a traditional classroom, the pace is dictated by the teacher and the curriculum. The teacher decides the rhythm in which the students are learning but in the context of personalized learning, it’s the learner who decides the pace.
It’s irrelevant to pace learning the same way for everyone. We all have different needs! We would like everyone to reach their own targets rather than choose a standardized learning outcome to achieve within a specific time frame. Choosing the pace allows students to really focus on their goal and achieve them. It’s okay if a student needs 120 minutes to complete one unit of learning while others might only need 60 min. Students need to advance as they are ready to move on. They should be able to articulate where they are in their learning and the teacher can respond to the needs in the moment.
To ensure the pace is tailored, we need to establish trust and a culture of transparency in the classroom. Students can request an assessment (that can be created by the teacher, by him/herself or collaboratively with the teacher) to demonstrate the mastery of a new competency.
In order to monitor the learning progress, the student and teacher decide how learning data will be collected to show where the student is in his/her learning but instead of progressing though time, we let the student share a demonstration as soon as he/she is ready. So even though we might anticipate a time frame, the actual factor is when the student can demonstrate the competency (it can be later or earlier than expected).