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What Is Competency-Based Learning, Why Does It Matter?

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New Hampshire and educator John Martin are at the forefront of the competency-based learning movement. In today’s show, we’ll give you an overview of competency-based learning including some of the benefits and the problems. Competencies by nature remove the class rank and the coveted valedictorian’s spot. Listen Now. Think about it.

In search of on-ramps to competency-based learning

The Christensen Institute

As more and more school systems across the country explore “going competency-based,” we need to be attentive to the processes that will actually allow such innovations to thrive. Current time- and age-based accountability measures have a stronghold on schools, even those trying to break away from the factory model of education. As a result, we would predict that time-based metrics and incentives could cannibalize many efforts to reinvent learning in a competency-based manner. Curriculum redesign. Alternative high schools.

Competency Based Learning: How Flipped Mastery Makes CBL Possible

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In 2011, a group of educators met at the Competency Based Learning Summit. During that Summit, the leaders identified five key tenets of Competency Based Learning (CBL): Students advance upon mastery. Competencies include explicit, measurable, transferable learning objectives that empower students. These five points resonate with me.

Regulatory noise stifles, slows rise of competency-based learning

The Christensen Institute

Earlier this month, Inside Higher Ed reported on how the Department of Education’s Office of Inspector General is stymying the rise of competency-based learning in higher education—and is at odds with the rest of the Department, which has been enthusiastic about competency-based learning’s potential. But the friction is also entirely predictable, as competency-based education simply does not fit into the traditional value network and associated regulatory structures of higher education. This post was first published on CompetencyWorks.

Steps to Help Schools Transform to Competency-Based Learning

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It’s no longer a given that if a child spends twelve years in school, he or she will learn enough to succeed in higher education or a career. If a student fails to learn a skill, he or she accepts that result and moves on to the next topic with the rest of the class. They also designed the infrastructure that supports it and learned some big lessons during implementation.

Utah and Florida sign bills to support competency-based learning pilots, but now the real work begins

The Christensen Institute

This month, governors in Utah and Florida signed bills supporting the creation of competency-based education pilot programs in districts and schools. Utah’s bill, SB 143 , creates the Competency-Based Education Grants Program, which allows local education agencies to apply for grants to pilot competency-based education programs. Florida’s bill, SB 1714 , establishes a competency-based innovation pilot program that gives three Florida school districts the ability to experiment with competency-based education.

Will eliminating the “F” eliminate bad school design?

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By design, we move students forward grade by grade based largely on the amount of instructional hours they have spent in class—dubbed “seat time”—rather than their mastery of academic skills and content. As a result, gaps in understanding are compounded, predictably accumulating to the point that by the time students are 18, far less than half are ready for college-level learning.

Southern New Hampshire President to Advise Education Dept. on Competency-Based Learning

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Mr. LeBlanc will be involved with the department’s innovation agenda, specifically its experiments with competency-based education and with establishing new accreditation methods for innovative programs. Though Mr. LeBlanc will be based in Washington while he assists the department, he will remain involved in high-level decision making at the university. Paul LeBlanc, president of Southern New Hampshire University, will take a three-month leave of absence to join the Department of Education as a senior adviser to the under secretary of education, Ted Mitchell.

#inacol15 Session 1 – Personalizing PD: Creating a Competency-based Learning System for Teachers @LearningAccel

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Some major resources shared: iNACOL Blended Learning Teacher Competency Framework. Making Competency-Based Learning Real for Educators. Full session notes storified here…

Moving past summative vs. formative assessments

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As competency-based education (CBE) gains momentum in higher education, the market is becoming increasingly crowded with companies and institutions working on competency-based platforms and online approaches to CBE. One of the challenges with online CBE, however, is that there is such an intense focus on building from scratch or building in-house that most of an organization’s energy and resources are channeled into the platform and the intricate backward mapping and breakdown of competencies. But assessments are the crux of a competency-based approach.

Tackle teacher shortages with online learning

The Christensen Institute

As we’ve written before , one affordable and flexible solution stands out: online and blended learning hold the potential to unlock new solutions to the nation’s teacher capacity challenges. For this to happen, policymakers and leaders will need to recognize online learning’s potential and to legislate and plan accordingly. How online learning can solve teacher shortage problems.

Tackling the education-to-employment gap

The Christensen Institute

Earlier this year, CareerBuilder and Capella Learning Solutions announced an innovative partnership, RightSkill , to bridge the growing talent gap in the United States. Bringing Capella’s competency-based learning—in which learning becomes the constant and time becomes the variable—together with the real-time labor data of CareerBuilder offers a new way to build a supply of job-ready talent.

Coursera, K12, Inc. make bold moves to drive learning

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similarly stormed through the early 2000s by bringing online learning to the world of K-12 education and went public in 2007. As I told its team, offering courses from the top universities online and claiming that at last, anyone anywhere can access the best learning in the world isn’t correct. The reason is that the top universities do not offer the best teaching and learning experiences. This can become more problematic as students from all walks of life with many different learning needs are now theoretically able to take these courses. K12, Inc.

How should quality assurance for competency-based ed work?

The Christensen Institute

As online, competency-based learning gains steam in higher education, a critical question is emerging. If the federal government will fund competency-based programs through Title IV dollars, how should it think about regulating these programs? Whenever a disruptive innovation emerges—and  online, competency-based learning deployed in the right business model is a disruptive innovation—it doesn’t look as good as existing services according to the old metrics of performance. This post was first published on CompetencyWorks.

Don’t Teach Grit. Embed It.

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But what has been left unsaid is how our current system of education works systematically against instilling these skills in students, and how we could naturally embed the development of grit in students—in a way that doesn’t talk explicitly about grit—by moving to a competency-based learning system. In today’s system, time is held as a constant and each student’s learning is variable. As a result, they develop major holes in their learning. They stay at a task, learn from the failures, and work until they demonstrate mastery and then move on.

Why Continuing Education Programs Are Poised to Become Hubs of Innovation

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Because of their mission and relative autonomy on university campuses, continuing education programs—in the form of extension schools and schools of continuing and professional education—are well-positioned to experiment with different student-centered learning models, create innovative programs that generate new revenue streams, and build bridges with industry partners. MOOCs are not the only ones that offer on-demand learning today. The University of Wisconsin Flexible Option offers a competency-based program that focuses on learning, not class time.

Beware of taking flexibility a step too far

The Christensen Institute

At its best, online learning can catalyze new heights of flexibility—in path, pace, place, space, and teacher-student interactions—amidst an education landscape that has long looked more like an industrial production line. Moreover, online coursework can start to facilitate anywhere, anytime learning, which doubles down on the promise that learning need not be confined to the four walls of the classroom. On the flip side, however, is it possible that schools will take this too far and exploit the flexibility that online learning affords them?

Mastery Simplified: Five Tips to Make Mastery a Reality

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mastery classroom is difficult to implement because students are not all learning the same thing at the same time. Benjamin Bloom wrote a landmark paper called Learning For Mastery in 1968. Mastery Learning was not widely adopted due to the logistics of having students learning content at varying paces. BLOG FLIPPED MASTERY cbl competency based learning mastery

How You Can Bring Creativity Back Into Your Classroom With Project-Based Learning

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Let’s think about it through the lens of project-based learning. Regardless of what subject is taught, teachers can create a pathway-independent rubric regarding the standards students should meet, and the students can decide how they will show the accomplishment of the standards—similar to a competency-based learning model. Artwork based on a scene of the story.

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Competency-based legal education

The Christensen Institute

In thinking about how best to prepare for that changing world, law schools need to consider how competency-based educational models can be employed to advance educational objectives for students seeking to enter the market for legal services. In this new environment, law schools need to reimagine themselves as educators for students interested in learning about the legal services sector, not simply those seeking a JD. Upstart competency-based education programs have done just that in other parts of higher education. The possibilities abound.

Rwanda’s ahead of the online CBE learning curve

The Christensen Institute

Although practitioners may squabble over the definition of competency-based education (CBE), there is a fundamental core of CBE that centers on mastery, formative tests, and recurring feedback. Of course, that doesn’t mean that there won’t be a wild proliferation of learning pathways that burgeon from those same core definitions. To give you a sense of how this works: The first two years of the degree program focus on mastering foundational skills and competencies so that students learn how to learn effectively and attain an associate’s degree.

Inputs do not guarantee outcomes: Getting online credit recovery right

The Christensen Institute

In a recent editorial , the Los Angeles Times called into question the district’s record-high 75 percent graduation rate, as it said that the figure was based in part on LA Unified’s dependence on its less-than-rigorous online credit-recovery courses. Actual learning—not a piece of paper—should be the goal for every student. Unpacking competency recovery. Exactly.

Inputs Do Not Guarantee Outcomes: Getting Online Credit Recovery Right

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In a recent editorial , the Los Angeles Times called into question the district’s record-high 75 percent graduation rate, as it said that the figure was based in part on LA Unified’s dependence on its less-than-rigorous online credit-recovery courses. Actual learning—not a piece of paper—should be the goal for every student. That recommendation, if realized, would bind LA Unified to a time-bound, one-size-fits-all model that fails to focus on the most important criterion—whether a student has learned the material. The Times has a valid point. Exactly.

6 Ways Technology Can Reinvent Parent-Teacher Conferences

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And it lacks the enthusiasm—as well as the desire to help kids own and engage in their learning—that defines us as innovative educators. With transformative digital changes happening in classrooms today, basic learning management systems now deliver the answers to most of those well worn questions on parent portals. Give parents resources that will help them support the process of learning and motivation. Bloom Board —collections of focused topics; the linked example will have parents surprised at what their little gamers are learning. 2. Well, okay, not dread.

Disruption looms for law schools

The Christensen Institute

With the emergence of online learning and the opportunity to pair it with competency-based learning and flexibly mix it all into place-based bootcamp type experiences that train students to practice law—the combination of which would be disruptive to higher education—legal education is awaiting a disruptive innovator that takes advantage of the current opportunity. The news that law schools are in crisis is not new. Graduates struggle to find jobs as lawyers, which has left many swimming in debt that they struggle to repay.

What a Summer Prototype Taught Us About Measuring Quality in an Unbundled Education System

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In the summer of 2016, a community of educators, research design partners, and over 150 teens and young adults in Colorado engaged in a bold experiment to rethink how quality and impact might be measured in a modernized system of learning. In this relatively small, short-cycle prototype, the lessons we learned were significant. Why focus outside of formal learning time for our design work? Our collective goal was to begin to rethink quality assurance in an educational system with an array of learning providers. Framework for the Future of Learning. ReSchool’s.

3 Tips for Developing and Assessing Soft Skills: First, Take Off Your Emotional Armor

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Based on my years of experience as a child therapist—helping young people build stronger, sturdier, more purposeful and hopeful lives—I would define what Jamal brought to the room as. In my role as the Chief Culture Officer at  Valor Collegiate Academy , I’ve been wrestling lately with how to quantify, develop, and measure competencies like vulnerability in children (and adults) so that experiences like Jamal’s can become the rule rather than the exception. believe this same approach is essential to embedding social and emotional learning (SEL) into the broader school context.

What law schools should do to combat disruption

The Christensen Institute

First, schools can use online learning as a sustaining innovation to improve learning and control costs. Students could learn core subjects through online, competency-based programs and their in-person experience would focus on extensive training in a particular area of law through experiential learning courses, clinics, capstones, directed research, and field placements. Education Blog 2U Blended learning competency-based learning disruptive innovation IKEA JD job to be done law school online learningSo what gives?

Preparing Students For A Modern Economy

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Doing some reading (and listening) on competency-based education recently, I was both intrigued and concerned. It was during a panel discussion on Competency Based Learning, where he explained the research for the prioritized competencies began with “federal skills databases.” ” Learn the skills that companies want you to have.

Unlikely bedfellows converge, create inspired vision for future of education

The Christensen Institute

Not only are we tired of the same recurring debates about what is wrong with today’s education system and who is to blame for its inadequacies, but we also realize that no amount of tweaking or modifying the current, industrial-era system will fulfill our vision of all children learning and thriving to their full potential.”. Conversely, the Internet revolution has created a once-in-a-generation opportunity for new approaches to learning.”. Learning experiences are intentionally designed to support, challenge, engage, and excite all learners.

Moving from the Flipped Classroom to Flipped Mastery

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FLIPPED MASTERY FLIPPED MATH RADIO SHOW competency based learning flipped mastery mathJon interviews Michelle St. John who has made the transition from the flipped classroom to the Flipped-Mastery classroom. What is amazing is how well this has worked with her ADHD students. link].

10 Principles Of Proficiency-Based Learning

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10 Principles Of Proficiency-Based Learning. 10 Principles Of Proficiency-Based Learning ” by Chris Sturgis  was originally published on CompetencyWorks. Great Schools Partnership continues to produce great resources to support states and districts converting to competency education. Here are GSP’s 10 principles of proficiency-based learning.

Flipped Learning: Mastering the Three-minute Mastery Check

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BLOG FLIPPED MASTERY competency based learning Flipped LearningJoin Jon in Part 5 in the Flipped-Mastery Series. This is the follow-up to Jon’s episode about no more quizes. Listen to Jon’s Mastery Check model for quality formative assessments. Join Jon in Part 5 in the Flipped-Mastery Series. This is the follow-up to Jon’s episode about no more quizes. Listen to Jon’s Mastery Check model for quality formative assessments.

Design to the Edges

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Creating a sea change to improve teacher impact

The Christensen Institute

Tomorrow the Clayton Christensen Institute is releasing a white paper titled, “Solving the Nation’s Teacher Shortage: How online learning can fix the broken teacher labor market.” In that paper, Mallory Dwinal analyzes how the macro-level influences of women’s rights, technological improvements in other sectors, and teachers’ family structures have led to shortages of teachers by grade level, subject area, region, and quality. The paper concludes with valuable policy recommendations for providing more students with the teachers they need through leveraging online learning.

Four Signs It’s Time for Micro-credentials

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Studies suggest American schools invest $18 billion in teachers’ professional learning annually. And while teachers are also learning in informal ways, existing systems don’t track or make the most of that growth.  . Enter micro-credentials : competency-based recognition for educator learning that is supported by digital badges. Four recent developments have set the stage for micro-credentials: #1 – Competency-based learning for students. Want to learn more about this game-changing approach to educator learning and leadership?

The Self-Aware Educator -- Developing systems for the educator’s mind

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From competency-based learning ( I just gave a presentation at Keene State’s Education Summit ) to personalized learning, Stemscopes (hands on science curriculum) to Dreambox (adaptive math), and Edusight (robust gradebook) to Fishtree (adaptive learning system), we have a lot of choices.

How Flipped Learning Makes Mastery Possible in Large Classes

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Jon starts a new series about Mastery-Competency Based Learning. Learn how flipped learning makes the difficult logistics of mastery learning possible. This is part one in a series on mastery learning. Jon starts a new series about Mastery-Competency Based Learning. This is part one in a series on mastery learning.

Competency-Based vs Personalized Learning: Dawn of Justice

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Competency-based and personalized learning strategies are both best incorporated when they leverage technology tools which allow teachers to customize their standard curriculum. competency-based learning system focuses on the demonstration of a student’s academic performance. In this system, students largely compete against themselves.