Regulatory noise stifles, slows rise of competency-based learning

The Christensen Institute

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.

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.

In search of on-ramps to competency-based learning

The Christensen Institute

As more and more school systems across the country explore “going competency-based,” we need to be attentive to the processes that will actually allow such innovations to thrive. Current time- and age-based accountability measures have a stronghold on schools, even those trying to break away from the factory model of education. Carving out autonomy for competency-based models to thrive can take various forms. Supplemental online courses.

Utah and Florida sign bills to support competency-based learning pilots, but now the real work begins

The Christensen Institute

This month, governors in Utah and Florida signed bills supporting the creation of competency-based education pilot programs in districts and schools. Utah’s bill, SB 143 , creates the Competency-Based Education Grants Program, which allows local education agencies to apply for grants to pilot competency-based education programs. Here are three things for educators and policymakers to keep in mind as they embark on pilots: 1.

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

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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. Distinctive Schools network, we have been on a journey implementing personalized learning that takes a competency based approach. In this model, students learn at their level and move on to concepts when they have demonstrated mastery.

Tackle teacher shortages with online learning

The Christensen Institute

These teacher shortages are proving especially acute in certain subject areas like special education, science, and mathematics. For example, two in five high schools don’t offer physics, according to a recent Education Week Research Center analysis of data from the U.S.

Inputs do not guarantee outcomes: Getting online credit recovery right

The Christensen Institute

The Los Angeles Unified School District is back in the news for its use of technology, this time for its online credit-recovery courses. Actual learning—not a piece of paper—should be the goal for every student. For more, see: Getting the incentives right for online credit recovery.

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.

Competency-based legal education

The Christensen Institute

A few weeks ago, I discussed why law schools need to respond to the changing marketplace for legal services and legal education. In thinking about how best to prepare for that changing world, law schools need to consider how competency-based educational models can be employed to advance educational objectives for students seeking to enter the market for legal services. One way to do this is to think about legal education from a blank slate.

How should quality assurance for competency-based ed work?

The Christensen Institute

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. This post was first published on CompetencyWorks.

Government accountability goes unaccountable: Chilling WGU’s innovation engine

The Christensen Institute

For the last two decades, Western Governors University (WGU) has led the nation in creating and scaling an innovative, high-quality educational model that today helps roughly 90,000 enrolled students make progress in their lives and careers. Last week, the Department of Education’s Office of the Inspector General spilled cold water on this record of success with a faulty audit that found WGU ineligible to participate in federal student-aid programs.

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

The Christensen Institute

In 2013 and 2014, sobriety returned to the world of education and the luster of MOOCs faded some. similarly stormed through the early 2000s by bringing online learning to the world of K-12 education and went public in 2007. As I wrote, Coursera’s initial incarnation never felt to me like it could disrupt higher education. The reason is that the top universities do not offer the best teaching and learning experiences.

Charter schools tackle shortcomings of college

The Christensen Institute

According to the Department of Education , 59 percent of first-time, full-time undergraduate students graduate within six years. 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.

Disruption looms for law schools

The Christensen Institute

Law schools represent the canary in the coal mine for the rest of higher education, as they face perhaps the clearest and most imminent threat. And it could still get worse for law schools, but better for prospective students desiring a legal education. As we write in the paper, despite all the changes impacting legal education, to this point disruptive innovators have not directly attacked law schools by offering new versions of a legal education.

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. 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.

How online learning is changing credit recovery

eSchool News

As learning becomes more accessible, credit recovery programs are evolving. Many online credit recovery solutions tout low costs but require only low levels of teacher involvement and often don’t use much rigor when asking students to demonstrate proficiency, according to the report.

What law schools should do to combat disruption

The Christensen Institute

That threat is likely to accelerate when, not if, a disruptive innovator emerges in legal education (in this context, the news of 2U’s partnership with Syracuse to build an online juris doctor (JD) program is worth watching). First, schools can use online learning as a sustaining innovation to improve learning and control costs. There has been plenty, from discount retail to online retail.

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

Edsurge

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. This is the standard definition of competency-based education that most educators, policymakers and researchers largely agree with: a system in which students progress based on their demonstration of mastery of a certain concept or skill.

Creating a sea change to improve teacher impact

The Christensen Institute

One of the most conclusive findings in education research is that teachers matter. Given this reality, many education leaders have rightly made it their priority to recruit high-quality teachers to work with their students, and many of the leading education reform efforts focus on teachers. Department of Education are to get states to implement rigorous teacher evaluation systems and to improve the quality of the nation’s teacher preparation programs.

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. Early on, as many in the field do, the overlap of blended and competency-based learning felt obvious to me.

Why continuing education programs are poised to become hubs of innovation

The Christensen Institute

As more adults than ever before enroll in postsecondary education programs and a variety of players—from bootcamps to online and mobile course providers—offer options tailored to match adults’ work and family circumstance, traditional colleges and universities have struggled to keep pace.

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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. The challenges our education system faces are too significant for me to not dig in at this level as well. Horn online learning

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. million teachers to be superheroes, which is a preposterous starting point for education reform.

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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.

6 tips from personalized learning innovators leading change

The Christensen Institute

Earlier this year, the Rhode Island-based Highlander Institute and the Clayton Christensen Institute teamed up to bring together a conference on blended and personalized learning in Providence, R.I. Embrace that educators have different skills and strengths,” he said.

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.

What do at-risk students, English language learners and adult college students have in common?

The Hechinger Report

The New York Times has a new education supplement, called Learning, and The Hechinger Report is collaborating with the Times to produce Bulletin Board, a collection of noteworthy ideas and trends in education that will appear on page 2 of the section, which will come out four times a year.

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

Each week, I gather a wide variety of links to education and education technology articles. All this work feeds the review I write each December on the stories we are told about the future of education. National) Education Politics. Perhaps the disappearance (and reported murder) of Washington Post contributor Jamal Khashoggi doesn’t seem like an education technology story. State and Local) Education Politics. ” Immigration and Education.

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Wanted: New role for education department’s inspector general

The Christensen Institute

Department of Education’s inspector general is scrutinizing Western Governors University (WGU), the nation’s largest competency-based university and a high-quality innovator. The audit is likely around whether the faculty interaction with students at WGU is “regular and substantive” enough to meet the Higher Education Act’s requirement for distance education. That obsession has caused accreditors to pull back on authorizing competency-based programs.

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.

8 Ed-tech organizations every teacher should know about

Neo LMS

Some operate only in the United States, others world-wide, but they all have one thing in common: educators of all kind can find support in their professional lives and connect with like-minded individuals. Structure: Membership-based. Focus: Educating Educators.

Hack Education Weekly News

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(National) Education Politics. ” More via Buzzfeed and The Chronicle of Higher Education. Via The Chronicle of Higher Education : “What You Need to Know About Race-Conscious Admissions in 2017.” ” Politico reports that the Department of Education has reached a deal with the US Marshals Service to continue providing protection for Betsy DeVos. In the past, Secretaries of Education have just used the department’s own force.

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

The Christensen Institute

Education buzzwords come and go, just as the fads they sometimes represent. Peak of inflated expectations: personalized learning. What is personalized learning? Instead, I increasingly think of “personaliz ing learning” as a verb. Competency-based learning is one of these.

Activate Instruction migrates content to Gooru

eSchool News

Free, personalized online tool makes high-quality content available to all users. In a move to make high-quality educational content easily available all in one place, The Girard Education Foundation will migrate its teacher-created resources on Activate Instruction to Gooru.

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. In education, online learning is the first disruptive innovation since the advent of the printing press. Another group of emerging programs is powered strictly by online learning and also helps students skill up in their career journeys.

New Report Sheds Light on Higher Ed’s Innovation Challenges

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A new report surveying academic administrators released Wednesday by the Online Learning Consortium and Learning House sheds some insight on innovation challenges at higher education institutions. Now, she says, the use of technology in learning has created more of a need to put money behind innovation. For some schools, changing times means putting a greater emphasis on online learning. Education Technology Higher Education Postsecondary Learnin

Use Personalized Learning Tools to Boost Classroom Equity

EdTech Magazine

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.

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

Edsurge

Education buzzwords come and go, just as the fads they sometimes represent. For a variety of reasons, the buzz phrases also come to take on new meanings that were never intended originally, which makes it hard for educators, entrepreneurs and researchers to communicate clearly and hone in on what exactly they are trying to do and why. Peak of Inflated Expectations: Personalized Learning. What is personalized learning? Slope of Enlightenment: Competency-Based Learning.

Teaching in the Era of Bots: Students Need Humans Now More Than Ever

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In this context, educators must be especially mindful that our uses of technology do not undermine meaningful learning. Relationships underpin all of the “Big Six” experiences, which include “a professor who made me excited about learning” and “professors who cared about me as a person.” AI will have its place in teaching and learning, but transparency will be one of the key attributes of its effective application.

How teachers can go blended (when they’re the only one)

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About the author: Casey Lynch is a K-12 education research intern with the Christensen Institute focused on interviewing and profiling schools in the Blended Learning Universe Directory, and a rising 8th grade English teacher in The School District of Philadelphia. Many teachers interested in implementing blended learning may be deterred by challenges in their school contexts. Students complete gamified learning exercises on Siyavula’s Everything Maths at home.