Alma Gets Ad Hoc Scheduling Tool for Personalized Learning

Alma Technologies has added a new personalized learning scheduling tool to its integrated student information system and learning management system.

Personalized learning strives to offer educational experiences tailored to each student's individual needs and interests. However, this approach can create scheduling challenges for schools. Alma is addressing this issue with the addition of ad-hoc scheduling for K-12 schools.

School administrators can use Alma to designate which portion of the school day or bell schedule are open to student choice and offer a selection of classes and programs available during those times. Administrators have the option to offer student-choice classes on a daily or weekly basis, or for any other period of time, rather than a full semester or school year.

Students can then make their selection through the student portal, and staff can approve or override student choices. Alma provides students with a dynamic schedule and provides teachers with student rosters for those personalized classes.

In tandem with the personalized learning scheduling tool, Alma has introduced new scheduling and attendance-tracking features for activities that take place outside of the normal bell schedule, such as extracurricular activities, athletic programs and academic interventions. Administrators can use the tool to keep track of students' whereabouts across all school-based activities, which can help them respond to emergency situations or collect data for decision making.

Further information about Alma's new personalized learning scheduling tool and attendance-tracking features can be found on Alma's site.

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Leila Meyer is a technology writer based in British Columbia. She can be reached at [email protected].