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. As a result, we would predict that time-based metrics and incentives could cannibalize many efforts to reinvent learning in a competency-based manner.

?Three Tips For Introducing Competency-Based Learning Into K-12

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By far, one of the most popular topics at the iNACOL conference in San Antonio last week was “competency-based learning"; out of the conference's approximately 200 sessions, 35 had the phrase in their title. . What exactly is competency-based learning? Check out Competency Works' description here. It's just such a wonderful way to ease students along the learning process. Education Technology Competency-Based Learning Learning Strategies

New to Competency-Based Learning? Here're Five Ways to Assess It

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Principal Chris Huckans believes that competency-based education (CBE) is one of the keys to the school’s success. Huckans says that Bishop Hall’s use of the Brightspace learning management system provides students with highly personalized learning pathways, which “allow them to innovate and experiment.” He adds, “Kids are allowed to learn at their own pace, and can learn experientially.” Portfolios also highlight learning’s natural progression.

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. Treat competency-based learning as a whole-system—rather than one-off—reform.

Steps to Help Schools Transform to Competency-Based Learning

MindShift

It’s no longer a given that if a child spends twelve years in school, he or she will learn enough to succeed in higher education or a career. If a student fails to learn a skill, he or she accepts that result and moves on to the next topic with the rest of the class.

Success at Innovative Schools Hinges on Helping Students Transition

The Christensen Institute

Malaina is a current high school student who decided to homeschool in order to expand her learning by blending interdisciplinary, real world, and academic-focused learning. Increasingly, students at these schools also have opportunities to engage in individualized learning through tech-driven curriculum. Think Global School , The Ambani School , and High Tech High are all examples of these schools.

How Improving Student Feedback and Teaching Data Science Restored Our Classroom Culture

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The learning environment was tense, my students were angsty and I didn't have the information or strategies to make it better. Little did I know that by 2019 I would find a way to apply the data science strategies I learned as a geologist to bring joy and engagement back to my classroom. I came away from the institute eager to try inquiry-based instruction in my class during the 2015-16 school year.

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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.

Tackle teacher shortages with online learning

The Christensen Institute

Districts in Oklahoma, for example, one of the hardest-hit states, are still trying to fill more than 500 teaching vacancies—despite eliminating more than 1,500 teaching jobs in the past year, according to the Oklahoma State School Boards Association.

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. As competency-based programs emerge, we have little experience regulating them outside of the current constraints.

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.

Competency-based legal education

The Christensen Institute

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. In this new environment, law schools need to reimagine themselves as educators for students interested in learning about the legal services sector, not simply those seeking a JD.

Unlikely bedfellows converge, create inspired vision for future of education

The Christensen Institute

Not only are we tired of the same recurring debates about what is wrong with today’s education system and who is to blame for its inadequacies, but we also realize that no amount of tweaking or modifying the current, industrial-era system will fulfill our vision of all children learning and thriving to their full potential.”. Conversely, the Internet revolution has created a once-in-a-generation opportunity for new approaches to learning.”.

The Risks and Rewards of Getting Rid of Grade Levels

Edsurge

Back then, the Chinese language program at Latin had begun piloting a proficiency-based model, which is structured differently from a traditional grade-based model. The proficiency-based model is closely related to competency-based learning, where students are grouped with those who are closest to their language abilities, regardless of age or seat time. It’s OK, as long as you learned from this.” “But, Ms. Wang, why am I in this class?”

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. 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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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

Charter schools tackle shortcomings of college

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In 2011, for example, the KIPP charter school network revealed that, of those who were old enough to be eligible, 33 percent of its 8 th -grade graduates had graduated from a four-year college. 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.

Goodbye ABCs: How One State is Moving Beyond Grade Levels and Graded Assessments

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The program—short for “no grades, no grades”—is hallmarked by the schools shifting to a more competency-based assessment structure and removal of grade levels. Mary Earick, project director for NG2, says the purpose of the program is to create more flexible learning pathways for students through “competency-based multiage schooling,” which allows students to move on to new objectives only after mastering others. “[NG2]

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. Some other examples that could be technology-or-not include: Timeline. Artwork based on a scene of the story.

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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.

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).

Creating a sea change to improve teacher impact

The Christensen Institute

For example, two of the current top priorities of the U.S. 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.

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. 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. In practice, competency-based education resembles the thousand-flower garden. Disruptive innovation.

What law schools should do to combat disruption

The Christensen Institute

First, schools can use online learning as a sustaining innovation to improve learning and control costs. Students could learn core subjects through online, competency-based programs and their in-person experience would focus on extensive training in a particular area of law through experiential learning courses, clinics, capstones, directed research, and field placements.

Don’t Teach Grit. Embed It.

Edsurge

But what has been left unsaid is how our current system of education works systematically against instilling these skills in students, and how we could naturally embed the development of grit in students—in a way that doesn’t talk explicitly about grit—by moving to a competency-based learning system. In today’s system, time is held as a constant and each student’s learning is variable. As a result, they develop major holes in their learning.

The Four Biggest Challenges to Implementing Maine's Proficiency-Based Diploma

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Maine has long been an innovator in education, stemming back to the Maine Learning Technology Initiative. Now all eyes are on our corner of the country as we transition from a traditional seat-time high school diploma to a proficiency-based diploma. I believe the new proficiency-based diploma requirements are yet another beacon of educational leadership and innovation, one that will alter our education system in meaningful and lasting ways.

Looking to Ditch Traditional Grades? Here’s How to Get Stakeholders On Board

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For Scott Looney, there’d be no hesitating: He would have every school switch from traditional grading to competency-based evaluations. Rather than a traditional GPA, the group imagines a credit-based transcript , with links to artifacts that demonstrate students’ mastery across different competencies. Whether they call it competency-, mastery-, or standards-based grading, the movement aims to improve students outcomes sans As, Bs, and Cs.

Why Continuing Education Programs Are Poised to Become Hubs of Innovation

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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.

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

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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.

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These Red Flags Signal Competency Education’s Three Biggest Misconceptions

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I’ve continued to go back to Tony Wan’s piece, Why There’s Little Consistency in Defining Competency-Based Education. I’m thrilled he wrote it, as I think it holds up a mirror to all of us working in the world of competency-based education about where we can do better. If you don’t understand that the traditional system of education is designed to rank and sort students, then it’s really hard to understand competency-based education.

Where Are You on Your Personalized Learning Journey?

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This past week, we traveled to the Golden, Colorado to attend the Conference of Online and Blended Learning (COBL), put on by the iLearn Collaborative. There we got the chance to learn what was on the hearts and minds of educators—some who are just beginning their personalized learning journey and others grappling with new challenges that have emerged from years of implementation. Sand Creek High School in Colorado Springs, for example, began its 1:1 initiative this year.

Mastery Simplified: Five Tips to Make Mastery a Reality

Turning Learning On Its Head

A mastery classroom is difficult to implement because students are not all learning the same thing at the same time. Benjamin Bloom wrote a landmark paper called Learning For Mastery in 1968. And in 1968, the lack of technological tools made mastery learning very difficult.

INTERVIEW: Digital learning trends that are reshaping EdTech

Neo LMS

Graham Glass, CEO of CYPHER LEARNING, participated to a live event for Digital Learning Day 2019. The event was hosted by Phill Bevan, Community Advisor at VETR , a digital learning community for the Australian vocational education and training sector. Competency-based learning.

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Why personalized learning is hard to study

The Christensen Institute

This week saw the release of the third in a series of personalized learning studies conducted by the RAND Foundation. The research analyzed implementation, survey, and efficacy data in a sample of schools that are part of the Next Generation Learning Challenges (NGLC) portfolio, and compared that data to a national sample of schools. Advocates for and critics against personalized learning will inevitably interpret these findings in wildly different ways.

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. Student achievement is evaluated against school learning standards and performance expectations.

7 must-knows from blended learning’s early adopters

eSchool News

Earlier this year, the Highlander Institute, The Learning Accelerator and The Christensen Institute teamed up to bring together a conference on blended and personalized learning in Providence, R.I. 2 Go Slow to Go Fast When Implementing Competency-Based Models.

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

The Christensen Institute

As Clayton Christensen recently said to me, just as people have taken the phrase “disruptive innovation” to justify whatever they already wanted to do, people are using the phrase personalized learning—and a whole host of other terms—in a similar manner. What is personalized learning?

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

Digital Promise

Members of the Digital Promise League of Innovative Schools serve as examples of how forward-thinking leadership can transform learning. Sara is the Director of the Digital Promise League of Innovative Schools. You can reach her on Twitter at @sschappy.

Disruptive innovations in higher ed emerging from outside mainstream

The Christensen Institute

In education, online learning is the first disruptive innovation since the advent of the printing press. Combined with competency-based learning—in which students progress upon true mastery of their learning, not because of an arbitrary time-based measure— there is a big opportunity to transform our higher education system into a more affordable, student-centered one that is able to serve many more students.