Student agency is one of the reasons why next gen learning looks and feels different from traditional instructional practices.
Despite the best of intentions, whole group instruction that is teacher-centered or curriculum-centered tends to ignore the agency of individual students to own their learning and direct their own path through it. When student agency is embraced, the instructional model shifts to a student-centered learning model.
I like the term used in this article: “student agency”. I see it as self directed learning a dispostion that fuels well designed online learning experiences. This blended learaning oriented piece shows the (chaotic and essential ) way to educating kids as learners in a 21st century environment.