‘Toolkit’ Breaks Down K-12 Districts’ Shifts Into Competency-Based Learning

Marketplace K-12

A new online guide offers resources for K-12 districts trying to implement competency-based learning—and it offers a primer for K-12 companies on those systems' most pressing needs. The post ‘Toolkit’ Breaks Down K-12 Districts’ Shifts Into Competency-Based Learning appeared first on Market Brief. Marketplace K-12 Assessments / Testing competency-based education Curriculum / Digital Curriculum Digital Promise

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. Qualified job seekers are enrolled in a RightSkill learning experience to learn, refine, and practice their job-ready skills.

Moving past summative vs. formative assessments

The Christensen Institute

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. But assessments are the crux of a competency-based approach. You don’t have the privilege of learning step 2 until you’ve demonstrated mastery of step 1. If step 1 takes you an hour, then you can learn step 2 in an hour.

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

The Christensen Institute

As I wrote about Coursera last year, although the company held intriguing promise, realizing its potential would require some big pivots. similarly stormed through the early 2000s by bringing online learning to the world of K-12 education and went public in 2007. The then-billion-dollar company was flying high—until people became nervous about some of its academic results and operations—and the storm shifted to douse its growth. Companies like K12, Inc.

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. They learn how to participate differently in class and work on project-based assignments.

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. Abbas Manjee's standards-based Algebra 1 scope and sequence. At the time, I had no idea this system was called “standards-based grading.” This worked nicely for my students, who felt like I was carefully attending to their learning pace and providing them with targeted learning materials.

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We Know SEL Skills Are Important, So How the Heck Do We Measure Them?

Edsurge

SEL and MESH competencies. Whatever you call them, a growing body of research suggests these non-academic, social-emotional competencies deserve our attention. Studies have linked social-emotional learning (SEL) programs with improved focus, stronger relationships, lower anxiety and higher test scores. Even American political parties, at-odds about everything, agree SEL competencies play a vital role in the economic success of today’s students. Soft skills.

How colleges are adapting to the future of education

Linways Technologies

More and more companies are focusing on skills rather than degrees to hire talent. So as a result, we are now seeing more skill based educational practises in colleges. Education can no longer be considered as a one-time thing where students learn about what they need to know.

Preparing Students For A Modern Economy

TeachThought - Learn better.

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.”

What if teachers could no longer give B-minuses?

The Christensen Institute

The story hits home, as Lahey explores the perils of not letting children fail because it robs them of opportunities to learn and develop. I am talking about competency-based learning—which also goes by the names mastery learning, standards-based learning, or proficiency-based learning.

How edtech boosts parent engagement in schools

Neo LMS

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. Schools have been using edtech for many years now as a way of improving the learning process.

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Chinese Edtech Sees $1.86B in Q1 2019, Bucking Plummeting Venture Trend

Edsurge

Within the Chinese education sector, three sectors saw a concentration of investments: competency-based education; language learning; education “informazation.”. In the language-learning market, Dada raised $255 million in its Series D round.

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The silver lining of Computer Science teacher shortages

The Christensen Institute

These days it seems that everyone wants to learn computer science. Over 90% of parents want their child to learn CS. 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. Code.org claims to have trained 72,000 teachers through their professional learning programs over the past few years. Rethinking teaching and 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! So do most ed-tech companies. Manager of Blended Learning.

Top Summer PD Opportunities

Wisewire

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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What does it take to make an innovative school?

The Hechinger Report

One of the challenges in trying out new learning strategies, including those that embrace technology, is that schools have a tough time finding out which new methods work best – which ones actually help kids learn. Sign up for our Blended Learning newsletter.

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. Web-based preferred. Ability to create individualized learning paths from objective-based tests made by the teacher.

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Stepping aside to dig deeper: My next career move

The Christensen Institute

Our education team has galvanized a conversation around transforming our monolithic, factory-model education system into a student-centered one powered by the disruptive innovation of online learning so that all students can realize their fullest human potential—an idea that was not on the radar before 2007. Horn online learning

Flipsnack: A fun way to make interactive online magazines #edtech

The CoolCatTeacher

Learn how she uses this tool. FlexPath – only at Capella University – lets teachers work at their own pace to earn their MEd in a competency-based learning format. This company has no impact on the editorial content of the show.

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Purdue on Track to Expand Workforce Development

Leadership Lounge

Their recent acquisition of Kaplan (details still being worked out) and their strategic alliance with Infosys, an India-based tech services company, will position Purdue as a leader in workforce development, utilizing online course delivery as a large part of that equation.

5 Ideas for Fantastic Professional Development

The CoolCatTeacher

FlexPath – only at Capella University – lets teachers work at their own pace to earn their MEd in a competency-based learning format. How often do we sit in professional learning that is Unexciting? Idea #3: Include active learning in teacher professional development.

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Why continuing education programs are poised to become hubs of innovation

The Christensen Institute

MOOCs are not the only ones that offer on-demand learning today. Competency-based education has become a hot trend in recent years, and it is no coincidence that one of the few direct assessment programs that the Department of Education has approved is at a continuing education school.

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Pearson Efficacy Study Highlights the Challenge of Letting Students Retest

Edsurge

Educators shifting to competency-based models often tout to the power of allowing students to master a topic by taking a test again and again until they do well, rather than failing them if they bomb the first time. Emily Lai, Director of Formative Assessment and Feedback at Pearson But new, externally audited, efficacy research from Pearson about one of the company’s third-party apps shows a significant correlation between increased retesting and lower overall course performance.

The canary in the law school coal mine

The Christensen Institute

Companies like LegalZoom and Rocket Lawyer, which have created a do-it-yourself model for legal services, and others like Ravel and ROSS that improve lawyers’ research and productivity, have changed the profession and business models. On top of all these challenges, higher education itself is, of course, seeing a variety of potential disrupters emerge, all powered at least in part through online learning.

How 2Revolutions is Helping Schools, Districts, and States Support Future of Learning Models

Edsurge

There are organizations that support different kinds of transformation in schools and after researching and interviewing some of these organizations, we've learned a great deal about what these changes can look like, how schools go about redesigning aspects of their model, and what types of support they need along the way. In October, we will share a guide highlighting the trends, insights and challenges we've learned about while profiling five key players in the world of school redesign.

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. The game-changing idea here is that when we have assessment right, we should not care how a student achieves learning. College for America , which partners with employers to offer competency-based online degree-programs for $3,000. LeBlanc spoke about SNHU’s work to close the chasm between what students learn and what the workforce wants.

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Brent Johnson: My student’s views on learning and teaching

The CoolCatTeacher

FlexPath – only at Capella University – lets teachers work at their own pace to earn their MEd in a competency-based learning format. Brent Johnson: My student’s views on learning and teaching. I’ve competed in district last fall.

Amazing Grace Adkins – my 89 year old learning lab director and the most amazing woman I know

The CoolCatTeacher

FlexPath – only at Capella University – lets teachers work at their own pace to earn their MEd in a competency-based learning format. Amazing Grace Adkins – my 89 year old learning lab director and the most amazing woman I know. The Learning Lab Organization.

Nonprofit University Buys For-Profit College For Its Tech Platform

Edsurge

A company called UniversityNow—which attracted more than $40 million in venture backing and ran an experimental for-profit college—has been sold to the nonprofit National University system, which plans to use the company’s technology platform to deliver its online courses. But it was not initially clear what technology platform UniversityNow had left to sell, since in 2015 the company sold its competency-based learning platform to Penn Foster Education Group.

She Hired Me! Betty Shiver, the woman who convinced me to become a teacher

The CoolCatTeacher

FlexPath – only at Capella University – lets teachers work at their own pace to earn their MEd in a competency-based learning format. I didn’t know anything about learning disabilities. I didn’t know that there were children that couldn’t learn normally.

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.

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.

Does Presence Equal Progress? Tracking Engagement in Online Schools

Edsurge

We all remember classmates who sat in the back of the room, eyes glued to a comic or dog-eared paperback, anything to escape a learning environment that did not—or could not—engage them. The practice of funding public schools and assessing student engagement based on a student’s physical attendance is rooted in this definition and has only reinforced what is an outmoded idea. How do you know learning is happening? Education Technology School Models Learning Strategies

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

“Technology companies can no longer turn a blind eye to the human rights abuses of one of their largest investors.” And there’s a blog post on Medium , because I guess someone thinks it’s a good idea for the Office of Ed Tech to outsource its website to a for-profit company. ” Navitas is a for-profit education company that runs courses in Australia (and elsewhere). ” Accreditations and Certifications and Competencies.

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The Canary in the Law School Coal Mine

Edsurge

Companies like LegalZoom and Rocket Lawyer, which have created a do-it-yourself model for legal services, and others like Ravel and ROSS that improve lawyers’ research and productivity, have changed the profession and business models. On top of all these challenges, higher education itself is, of course, seeing a variety of potential disrupters emerge, all powered at least in part through online learning. Education Technology Higher Education Postsecondary Learning

As Google steals its education thunder, what can Microsoft do?

The Christensen Institute

As customers became less willing to pay for further improvements in performance and reliability, the companies that offered more affordable and customizable modular solutions gained the advantage. This quickly put nonintegrated companies, such as WordPerfect and Lotus, out of business—and Microsoft retained its advantage. Many schools, however, have historically not been able to pay the premium that Apple commands for its high-end products and have opted for Windows-based devices.

Activate Instruction migrates content to Gooru

eSchool News

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