Regulatory noise stifles, slows rise of competency-based learning

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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. For online, competency-based programs, the old metrics are those focused on inputs. This post was first published on CompetencyWorks.

How to Bring ‘Mastery Learning’ to the Classroom

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One of the most popular topics these days in education is mastery learning—the idea that the pace of a class should match what each student is ready to learn, as a way to ensure they’re really grasping material. The students had access to all of the learning components in the videos.

Tackling the education-to-employment gap

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Earlier this year, CareerBuilder and Capella Learning Solutions announced an innovative partnership, RightSkill , to bridge the growing talent gap in the United States. Qualified job seekers are enrolled in a RightSkill learning experience to learn, refine, and practice their job-ready skills.

Tackle teacher shortages with online learning

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These chronic shortages, in turn, tend to limit the coursework that students can access. 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.

How should quality assurance for competency-based ed work?

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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? For online, competency-based programs, the old metrics are those focused on inputs. As competency-based programs emerge, we have little experience regulating them outside of the current constraints.

Government accountability goes unaccountable: Chilling WGU’s innovation engine

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Even if Education Secretary Betsy DeVos and the Department of Education ignore the audit’s recommendations—as they should—and allow WGU to continue to access federal aid, the report is not an innocent exercise in government oversight. governors, WGU is an online institution that uses a competency-based model.

Creating a sea change to improve teacher impact

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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.” Dwinal then explains how online learning is addressing these issues by making the teacher labor force more flexible such that more skilled and certified individuals are available to address the nations teaching needs. One of the most conclusive findings in education research is that teachers matter.

How AR and VR Prepare Students for Jobs of the Future (and Save Districts Money)

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Her class is learning about muscles, but instead of watching a video or reading about it in a book, she can move a virtual arm and see an exposed bicep muscle contract. EdSurge chatted with Carbenia, who shared tips on selecting, implementing and funding the technology—along with a deeply relevant lesson he learned from his family. EdSurge: How have AR and VR impacted students and learning in your district? Funding sources for zSpace learning labs.

Building a Bridge from 21st Century Learners to 21st Century Earners

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It does mean, however, that entrepreneurial skill sets will move from the margins associated with a rare percentage of the population to the mainstream—as more professionals tap into these competencies in their job searches. Children will need to master skills and competencies relevant to this emerging world of work. We often think about competency-based learning as an input—a method of instruction that is mastery based and not time-based.

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. LRN MOOC MOOCs online learning virtual learning

Rwanda’s ahead of the online CBE learning curve

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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. At the same time, Kepler is working on creating student-loan programs so that more students can have access to Kepler’s programs.

Disruption looms for law schools

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First, they are creating more affordable, standardized, and commoditized services in an industry long dominated by opaque, highly customized, and expensive offerings only accessible on a regular basis to a limited part of the population. There are numerous nonconsumers who need access to legal services and cannot afford the current high-priced legal model. The news that law schools are in crisis is not new.

Charter schools tackle shortcomings of college

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Summit Public Schools, a charter network based in Silicon Valley in California, had elements of this model. For the first time, their alums were being asked to truly learn on their own and figure out how to navigate their school’s requirements largely by themselves. Education Blog Blended learning Charter schools college College for America competency-based learning digital learning disruptive innovation graduation rates higher education Innovation K-12 education online learning

Why a K-12 Operating System is the Next Step in the Evolution of Edtech

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This competency-based system made sense; if students were chronically absent, holding them accountable to a pacing calendar would prove futile. If students missed class or needed additional help, they could go to my website and access the day’s lesson as well as videos and digital exercises from YouTube and Khan Academy. Abbas Manjee's standards-based Algebra 1 scope and sequence. At the time, I had no idea this system was called “standards-based grading.”

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Four Ways to Redefine Parent Teacher Conferences—With a Little Help from Ironman

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As a former New York City high school teacher, I know that parent-teacher conferences seldom provide parents with enough time to process what their children learned, what they’re interested in, and what needs improvement. Talk about what's being learned, not what's missing. Providing my students with access to updated grades in real-time—and providing them with a means to improve their work—redefined the parent-teacher conference experience.

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.

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.”

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. This group of girls looked at the characters and based their talk show on the plot of the story. Artwork based on a scene of the story. Think about it: when was the last time a creative task held your focus?

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Curriculum Design is Emotional Work—This Teacher Makes It Easier

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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. They could easily access a library of lessons and assessments I’d created from scratch, or use.

Beware of taking flexibility a step too far

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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. In blended and online environments, students can move at their own pace, and when provided access to real-time data, teachers can intervene more nimbly when individual students get stuck.

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. Understanding the school’s learning management system (LMS).

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? Framework for the Future of Learning.

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How One High School is Helping Students Craft Eportfolios People Will Actually Read

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A significant number of K-12 teachers looking to move away from student success measures that focus on standardized testing and grades are turning towards eportfolios, online websites showcasing projects tied to learning objectives. Gottfried wanted a platform that was accessible, shareable, allowed her students to update their work regularly and helped them build their digital brand with followers. Seeing a student in high school learning how to do it doesn’t often happen.

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

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Today we have access to more instructional strategies, procedures, and technologies than ever before. Personalized Learning Blended Learning Education Technology Blended Learning Models Anthony Kim District LEaders School Leaders EdTech

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Disruptive innovation can help solve nation’s teacher shortage

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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. Second, officials should move from seat-time requirements to competency-based learning models.

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How edtech boosts parent engagement in schools

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They have the same goals and desire to help students learn better. In other words, learning can flourish when teachers and parents agree to work together as a team. Accessibility. Schools have been using edtech for many years now as a way of improving the learning process.

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Why Flipped Learning should be standard for Higher Education

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Flipped Learning and Higher Education are rarely found together in the same sentence. While not exactly the same, both concepts shift the focus towards students and their learning needs rather than the instructor. Instead, teachers take on the role of a facilitator of learning.

League of Innovative Schools Members Named 2016 “Leaders to Learn From”

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Members of the Digital Promise League of Innovative Schools serve as examples of how forward-thinking leadership can transform learning. Both districts are founding members of the League, and have long demonstrated their commitment to improve achievement and access for students.

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. A competency-based learning system focuses on the demonstration of a student’s academic performance.

Utah Makes Dramatic Progress Implementing Next Generation Learning

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Utah’s steady journey toward next generation learning took another step forward last month. The state announced the recipients of the Competency-Based Education Planning Grant program.

8 Ed-tech organizations every teacher should know about

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Structure: Membership-based. The organisation’s primary activities include hosting key learning events, chief among them the annual ISTE conference and expo , producing professional development resources and a number of annual publications. Focus: EdTech Access and Advocacy.

Two ingredients for student-centered learning: a flexible environment and caring adults

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Not only that, but growing data reveals that students need access to a whole web of support to facilitate their development academically as well as socially and emotionally. Teachers report getting to know their students better because of this flexible learning and advising structure.

Disruptive innovations in higher ed emerging from outside mainstream

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And finally, they predictably and reliably improve over time to tackle more complex problems to transform a sector into one that is more affordable and accessible. In education, online learning is the first disruptive innovation since the advent of the printing press. True to form, we are seeing a variety of potentially disruptive organizations powered by online learning emerge from outside traditional higher education.

What Happens When Students Work at Their Own Pace

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We hear a lot about the need for students to “learn at their own pace.” Only New Hampshire and Maine have enacted statewide laws to move away from the Carnegie unit, the measure that awards academic credit based on time spent in class. Lessons learned.

Learning Impact Conference Report: How Can We Create More Seamless Digital Ecosystems?

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At the IMS Global Learning Impact conference this week (#LILI2018), there were dozens of sessions covering the many ways interoperability is helping data play well together to create more user-friendly digital ecosystems.

The silver lining of Computer Science teacher shortages

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These days it seems that everyone wants to learn computer science. Over 90% of parents want their child to learn CS. Yet only 35% of high schools teach CS, and just fifteen states offer all high school students access to CS courses. In my own experience, I know that as a short-term solution, teachers of other subjects are attending summer professional development workshops to learn the basics of teaching CS. Rethinking teaching and learning.

Use Personalized Learning Tools to Boost Classroom Equity

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Use Personalized Learning Tools to Boost Classroom Equity. As personalized learning continues to gain momentum across the U.S., more states, districts and schools are moving toward a competency-based education system that focuses on individualized learning and classroom equity.

Top Summer PD Opportunities

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There is a heavy focus on the importance of students learning how to learn and how to lead. Multiple guess questions are becoming a thing of the past, as we educators seek to challenge students to apply what they’re learning instead of simply memorizing and regurgitating it.

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Innovative School District Seeks Middle School Science and Social Studies Apps

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WHAT: Piedmont Middle School is seeking to pilot digital learning programs that support competency-based learning in science and social studies. Access to the product during the spring pilot period may be free, full price, or discounted. Web-based preferred.

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

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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! So, do you think you have a pilot approach others could learn from?