Learner profiles are co-created by educators and learners and comprised of rich, current information regarding each learner. They typically include at least four dimensions:
Demographic data. These include current living circumstances and related information, learning history, and potential barriers and existing supports for learning (e.g., IEPs, 504 plans). This information represents the context for the student’s learning to come. By knowing the learner as a person and understanding the supports and challenges present in his or her life, we are better able to help them make connections and see the utility of learning.
Academic status. This dimension provides an active picture of the learner using a variety of data points including formative and summative assessments, artifacts of learning, learning goals, and reflections, helping learners and educators to know what they may be ready to learn next.
Learning-related skill set. This dimension contains information related to the learner’s current capacity to learn: the learning tools, habits, strategies, and skills the learner possesses that support effective and increasingly independent learning.
Potential learning drivers. These are insights regarding the learner’s aspirations, potential motivational hooks, current career plans, and other factors that might affect his or her commitment to learning.