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The liberal arts have a bright future in competency-based learning

The Christensen Institute

Although competency-based learning in higher education is arising based on the need for more affordable programs that prepare students for the workforce, by no means is competency-based learning inherently synonymous with the demise of the liberal arts. Many jobs and careers today require employees who can think critically and creatively, communicate, collaborate, and so forth such that building some of the competencies of a liberal arts curriculum into the fabric of the program can be critical.

Is competency-based learning the next big thing in school reform?

eSchool News

In a typical Georgia school, kids like Sean Prisk would have to abide by a kind of classroom speed limit, forced to learn at the same pace as others his age. Sean entered Locust Grove Middle School as it was implementing “competency-basedlearning, which tailors schooling to each child’s ability. Math comes naturally to me,” he said. Students who excel move on.

?Three Tips For Introducing Competency-Based Learning Into K-12

Edsurge

By far, one of the most popular topics at the iNACOL conference in San Antonio last week was “competency-based learning"; out of the conference's approximately 200 sessions, 35 had the phrase in their title. . What exactly is competency-based learning?  Check out Competency Works' description here. Competency-based learning (CBL) refers to the notion of allowing learners to acquire credits based on goals they hit rather than the amount of time they spend in a chair, affectionately referred to as “seat time.”

Finding ‘personalized learning’ and other edtech buzzwords on the Gartner Hype Cycle

The Christensen Institute

As Clayton Christensen recently said to me, just as people have taken the phrase “disruptive innovation” to justify whatever they already wanted to do, people are using the phrase personalized learning—and a whole host of other terms—in a similar manner. Peak of inflated expectations: personalized learning. What is personalized learning? Deeper learning.

Competency-Based vs Personalized Learning: Dawn of Justice

CUE

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.

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. accredited degree program through a blend of massive open online courses (MOOCs), CBE, and guided in-person interactions. They learn how to participate differently in class and work on project-based assignments.

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.

Finding ‘Personalized Learning’ and Other Edtech Buzzwords on the Gartner Hype Cycle

Edsurge

As Clayton Christensen recently said to me, just as people have taken the phrase “disruptive innovation” to justify whatever they already wanted to do, people are using the phrase personalized learning—and a whole host of other terms—in a similar manner. Peak of Inflated Expectations: Personalized Learning. Today’s most hyped phrase, personalized learning, is nearing Gartner’s peak of inflated expectations among the chattering class of education thought leaders and philanthropists. What is personalized learning? Deeper Learning.

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?

It’s Time For Personalized Learning In Education

TeachThought - Learn better.

It’s Time For Personalized Learning In Education. In March, Tom Loveless, a fellow at the Brookings Institution,  took an outdated swipe  at the logic behind moving toward a student-centered learning system. Each child has different learning needs at different times. Some students learn quickly. Others learn more slowly. Learningagree.

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.

Curriculum Design is Emotional Work—This Teacher Makes It Easier

Edsurge

competency-based (a.k.a. standards-based) school for at-risk youth, pre-packaged curriculum and assessments offered very little flexibility for personalization or modification. Plus, the available content was designed around how much time I’d spend teaching it versus what I actually needed to get students adept at learning the topic at hand. Despite the immense amount of work involved, my colleagues and I fine-tuned our curriculum every year based on student skill gaps and results from formative assessments. You’ve got time to plan ahead.” moment.

6 Ways Technology Can Reinvent Parent-Teacher Conferences

Edsurge

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.

10 Principles Of Proficiency-Based Learning

TeachThought - Learn better.

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.

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

Education Elements

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.

Design to the Edges

Where Learning Clicks

The post Design to the Edges appeared first on Where Learning Clicks. Outside the Classroom average students blended learning competency-based learning complex learning dimensions Design educational model educational system meet the needs of the average student personalized learning student needs

Disruptive innovation can help solve nation’s teacher shortage

The Christensen Institute

A critique against the power of disruptive innovation to help our schools educate each child more effectively has been a backhanded one: Yes, re-architecting schools around personalized learning is important, but even more important is having a highly effective teacher for every child. Online learning advocates have for a long time made this point. More specifically, online learning provides a new, more flexible and more productive way to match teachers with students, and this alternative approach already exhibits some of the same indicators as other disruptive innovations.

Competency-based and blended learning: Friends or foes?

The Christensen Institute

Last week, I presented a webinar for the Michigan-based EdTech Specialists’ webinar series on blended learning and competency-based education. The presentation provided me with a chance to revisit a blog post I wrote two years ago on the overlap—or lack thereof—between competency-based and blended approaches to teaching and learning.

[Guest Post] The Future of Learning is Now

Education Elements

The Jaquelin Hume Foundation’s mission is to accelerate the implementation of high quality blended/personalized learning in America’s schools. However, with the publication of “Disrupting Class: How Disruptive Innovation Will Change the Way the World Learns,” the conversations changed and the idea began to gain traction. From 2009 to 2011, following the book’s publication, the Hume Foundation made grants to Rocketship in the Bay Area and Carpe Diem in Yuma, AZ, two charter schools that were already implementing blended learning, to promote their models.

Fostering competency in Arizona

The Christensen Institute

Yesterday the Arizona State Senate Education Committee voted 5-2 in favor of a bill that would create opportunities for schools to pilot competency-based education programs. All students in Arizona have distinct learning needs, and each deserves an education that is able to address those needs. But unfortunately, many students today struggle in school because the traditional education system was never designed to provide individualized learning opportunities. Your support of SB 1244 will help Arizona develop the personalized education system its students deserve.

The next-gen high school to watch

The Christensen Institute

Last month, the Virtual Learning Academy Charter School (VLACS) in New Hampshire launched a new set of pathways for students. Although proponents of personalized learning often talk about affording students more choice regarding how they learn, few schools have managed to figure out a coherent architecture to get there. that’s anytime and anywhere.

What a blended learning classroom really looks like: An urban teacher’s reboot

The Hechinger Report

The need for freedom in choice and personalization of service are fundamental truths many of us value and appreciate. In almost every facet of our day we receive some type of personalization, whether through the food we order, the medicine we receive, or the cars we drive. In a personalized learning environment, student needs drive the design of the learning.

K-12 Educators and Administrators: Share Your Ed-tech Pilot Approach

Digital Promise

Do you think others could learn from the way you conduct ed-tech pilots to inform product decisions? Digital Promise is crowdsourcing best practices for piloting learning technology tools, and we want to hear from you! And, we’ll highlight the best examples from across the country on our website for others to learn from. Manager of Blended Learning.

Blackboard launches New Learning Experience platform

eSchool News

Integrated platform enables personalized learning, streamlined communication with family and community engagement, and unified workflows. Digital Learning and Tools IT Management IT Newsletter NewsBlackboard’s offering combines multiple products, integrations, and professional services that can be deployed individually or as a comprehensive solution.

Odysseyware launches new professional learning series

eSchool News

The sequence of professional learning opportunities will highlight the unique ways schools and districts nationwide are implementing innovative strategies and new instructional models to transform learning for their students. These models are ushering in a new era of personalized learning pathways, teacher empowerment, and student choice. News Professional Development

The Five Stages of Mastery Learning

Turning Learning On Its Head

Lately I have been thinking about how flipped learning, mastery learning, and competency based learning (CBL) intersect. In my twenty four years as a classroom teacher I saw many trends and fads come and go, but when I gave students more control over their learning and allowed them to learn at a flexible pace my world was rocked. Non-driver.

What a summer prototype taught us about measuring quality in an unbundled education system

The Christensen Institute

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. The testing backdrop. ReSchool’s summer partners.

The Trends and Challenges Shaping Technology Adoption In Schools

MindShift

Redesigning Learning Spaces: Panelists identified changing learning spaces as a trend that educators and district leaders have embraced for quite some time and which is likely to continue. Rethinking How Schools Work: Another trend educators have long talked about is the need to make learning more interdisciplinary, interactive and student-driven. TRENDS. CHALLENGES.

Innovative School District Seeks Middle School Science and Social Studies Apps

Digital Promise

WHAT: Piedmont Middle School is seeking to pilot digital learning programs that support competency-based learning in science and social studies. The district is working with Digital Promise to conduct an effective learning technology pilot this spring, from product selection to purchase decision. Web-based preferred. Let us know or. What should I submit?

What Does a School Need to Enable Learning Based on Student Competency?

MindShift

Many teachers have long been frustrated with static, canned curriculum that doesn’t seem connected to kids’ lives, and testing requirements that drive the learning experience. Three main ways schools are attempting this work are through technology use, an emphasis on personalizing learning and moving toward a mastery-based or competency-based evaluation system.

Activate Instruction migrates content to Gooru

eSchool News

Free, personalized online tool makes high-quality content available to all users. As the public education system evolves toward supporting students’ personalized needs, online learning tools have emerged that allow teachers to customize instruction. Every student is unique and learns differently. Digital Learning and Tools News Online Learning Top News

Blended Learning Universe upgrades to drive educator learning, networking

The Christensen Institute

We live in an amazing time where school leaders have the capability to advance student-centered learning–the combination of personalizing learning and implementing competency-based learning–at scale. The engine to drive that transformation is blended learning. With the upgrade of the Blended Learning Universe (BLU) this week, educators and innovators have gained an important tool to advance this work. The effect to which schools have seen a complete shift toward student-centered learning of course varies in the implementation.