Flexible learning has many connections with student-centred learning on account of its focus on giving learners choices. This puts the learner at the heart of the learning experience. O'Neill and McMahon (2005) express student-centred learning by juxtaposing it against teacher-centred learning. See the table below.
'Student empowered learning' is another way that is sometimes used to describe the same approach.
Truly student-centred learning is difficult for institutions to achieve, not least because of the challenging economies of scale. Offering a highly individualised programme while at the same time maintaining economic viability and institutional coherence can be fraught with difficulties. For that reason, flexible learning and student-centred learning are often most appropriately understood to represent a balance of interests where both learners and institutions collaborate towards the interests of both.
Having said that, it is becoming more and more possible for students to 'personalise' their learning, especially with the use of mobile technologies. For helpful resources about this, check the 'Resources' pages of this site.