Competency Based Learning: How Flipped Mastery Makes CBL Possible

Turning Learning On Its Head

But as I thought about it, I had a library of videos which this student could watch and she could work independently of the other students. 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.

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

Edsurge

This competency-based system made sense; if students were chronically absent, holding them accountable to a pacing calendar would prove futile. To supplement in-person support offered during class and lunch periods, I published a simple Google site to house my lessons, assessments, and other resources. 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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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. This was at odds with my experience, because I relied extensively on edtech for assessments.

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

Edsurge

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.

Why Continuing Education Programs Are Poised to Become Hubs of Innovation

Edsurge

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.

Can Personalized Learning Be Scaled to Ease Teacher Burdens and Close Achievement Gaps?

ED Surge

Some say it’s time to finally commit to scalable personalized learning. After nearly two decades of teaching, leading, researching and writing—all with a focus on personalized learning—Smith is taking another step forward in his life’s mission to better understand students and help them learn.

Southern New Hampshire University’s Paul LeBlanc Wants Higher Ed to Back Up Its Claims

Edsurge

Competency-based learning has received widespread recognition as a way to better align higher education to careers. On a flight from Kuala Lumpur to New York in 2011 LeBlanc wrote “a little white paper” that set the stage for SNHU’s foray into direct-assessment programs. The game-changing idea here is that when we have assessment right, we should not care how a student achieves learning. That’s a competency.

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

WHAT’S NEW: NEW TOOLS FOR SCHOOLS

techlearning

www.getalma.com ) Alma Technologies has announced it is allowing any SQL-based business intelligence tool, such as Tableau and Jaspersoft, to access data from its modern, student information system and learning management system. BLACKBOARD ALLY ( www.blackboard.com ) Blackboard announced that Blackboard Ally is now available for multiple learning management systems used by K-12 school districts. who are interested in establishing a makerspace in their libraries.

Vermont’s ‘all over the map’ effort to switch schools to proficiency-based learning

The Hechinger Report

Senior Remi Savard is part of the last class at Montpelier High School that experienced the system before the school’s switch to a proficiency-based model. “It’s Remi Savard is one of the last students at Montpelier High School who remembers what class was like before the school switched to a proficiency-based model three years ago. “If If you brought a pencil to class or not, that would be factored into your grade,” the high school senior said during a study period in the library.

The 100 Worst Ed-Tech Debacles of the Decade

Hack Education

In 2012, Pearson, Cengage Learning, and Macmillan Higher Education sued Boundless Learning, claiming that the open education textbook startup had “stolen the creative expression of their authors and editors, violating their intellectual-property rights.”

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

The Hechinger Report

In January 2015, Duggan enrolled in New Hampshire’s self-paced Virtual Learning Academy Charter School (VLACS), joining about 200 full-time middle and high school students and about 10,000 part-timers from brick-and-mortar schools statewide who take VLACS courses a la carte. Virtual schools promise flexibility and a universe of learning just keystrokes away. Also, VLACS’s funding is based on student performance rather than enrollment. Competencies. Competency Pays.