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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. Second, online, competency-based programs don’t have to be about training students for a specific job; they can offer a more general liberal-arts program.

Distinctly Equitable: How This Chicago School Makes Competency-Based Learning Work

Edsurge

Does competency-based education hold the key to providing an equitable learning opportunity to every student? As she puts it, competency-based learning “gives students the chance. Allowing students to move on when they’re ready—or revisit something when they need support—is giving everyone a fair chance at being successful.”. In this model, students learn at their level and move on to concepts when they have demonstrated mastery.

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Unlikely bedfellows converge, create inspired vision for future of education

The Christensen Institute

From the right to the left, from those who support school choice to those who have sought to protect traditional school districts, from superintendents and principals to the presidents of the two major teachers unions, and from industry leaders to researchers, a diverse group of unlikely bedfellows released on Tuesday a new effort and accompanying report to rethink education in America titled Education Reimagined: A transformational vision for education in the U.S.

Why There’s Little Consistency in Defining Competency-Based Education

Edsurge

Powerful ideas that seem simple in print quickly take on new, and potentially divergent, meanings as they are applied to policy and practice. Some terms, including “open,” get appended to specific use cases. Enter competency-based learning (CBE), a term introduced in the 1970s when the U.S. Department of Education issued grants to support CBE programs, focused on helping adult learners, at postsecondary institutions. How effective are policy levers?

What’s edtech got to do with growth mindset?

Neo LMS

It was the first week of fifth grade and I was so ready to learn History. I had spent the previous summer poring over an Ancient Egypt book so it had to become my favorite subject. Then came the overwhelming sensation that I was not going to be able to pay attention.

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5 critical considerations for CBE and CBL implementation

eSchool News

As schools begin to invest in competency-based education (CBE) and higher ed institutions set up competency-based programs, two of the big questions often unanswered become “is their focus on education or on learning ?” First and Foremost, Focus on Learning.

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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. These allow students to move through learning at a more flexible pace, on an as-needed basis. How do you square that with your business model?

Why Mastery Based Learning is a Good Option

Ask a Tech Teacher

An option several school districts I converse with are trying is called “mastery-based learning” — MBL. Learning is personalized, based on school standards. In fact, in so many ways, it brings common sense back to education.

Disruptive innovations in higher ed emerging from outside mainstream

The Christensen Institute

Yesterday I had the opportunity to testify before the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee about the reauthorization of the Higher Education Act to explore the barriers to and opportunities for innovation. They tend to be simpler than existing services, so the elite and the sector’s leading organizations tend to dismiss them. In education, online learning is the first disruptive innovation since the advent of the printing press.

New, MIT-based program proposes transforming physicists, engineers into teachers

The Hechinger Report

The “Great Dome” on the campus of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, which is hosting an experimental program to recruit physicists, engineers, chemists, linguists, biologists, neuroscientists and other experts and train them to be primary and secondary school teachers.

Transforming Physicists, Engineers into Teachers at New MIT Program

MindShift

Doyung Lee is a living rebuke to the old maxim that those who can, do, and those who can’t, teach. Lee, who is 24, has a bachelor’s degree in engineering that led him to become a programmer, a profession with high pay and good prospects. So we can concentrate on how to teach.”.

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. ’ Competency education refers to a break from the traditional time-based school model.

The 100 Worst Ed-Tech Debacles of the Decade

Hack Education

I think it is worthwhile, as the decade draws to a close, to review those stories and to see how much (or how little) things have changed. But as the ed-tech sector is never willing to let a bad idea die, the report will live on. Online Grade Portals.

Has New Hampshire found the secret to online education that works?

The Hechinger Report

Blond and doe-eyed, Duggan has been dancing since she was two, everything from tap to ballet. There is no entrance exam, screening or application required to attend VLACS, which is free for any New Hampshire student. Amid all the bad news, VLACS stands out as an online success story.

Texas districts are rethinking technology integrations

The Christensen Institute

For the past year, 75 districts and charters in Texas have focused quietly on a vexing puzzle: how to use technology to jumpstart student achievement, but without wasting dollars on unwise technology bets that never pay off?