Government accountability goes unaccountable: Chilling WGU’s innovation engine

The Christensen Institute

Even if Education Secretary Betsy DeVos and the Department of Education ignore the audit’s recommendations—as they should—and allow WGU to continue to access federal aid, the report is not an innocent exercise in government oversight. governors, WGU is an online institution that uses a competency-based model.

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.

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. If students missed class or needed additional help, they could go to my website and access the day’s lesson as well as videos and digital exercises from YouTube and Khan Academy. Abbas Manjee's standards-based Algebra 1 scope and sequence. At the time, I had no idea this system was called “standards-based grading.”

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.

Curriculum Design is Emotional Work—This Teacher Makes It Easier

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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. Khan Academy videos coupled with IXL exercises aligned to standards we were learning in class.

Where Are You on Your Personalized Learning Journey?

Edsurge

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. is a seasoned pro at implementing personalized and 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?

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

The Christensen Institute

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. Innovation theory and the Blended Learning Universe Directory stand to offer implementable solutions.

What’s the Difference Between Project- and Challenge-Based Learning, Anyway?

Edsurge

Here’s a quick exercise for those in education: What do the letters CBL stand for? For many, competency-based learning might have been the first thing to pop in their heads. But others might have considered challenge-based, community-based or even case-based learning. The fact that three letters can mean so many different things raises an obvious question: Have we reached peak “basedlearning?

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

Edsurge

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. Peak of Inflated Expectations: Personalized Learning. Today’s most hyped phrase, personalized learning, is nearing Gartner’s peak of inflated expectations among the chattering class of education thought leaders and philanthropists.

The canary in the law school coal mine

The Christensen Institute

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. But were entities to emerge that paired online learning, with its flexibility and competency-based learning attributes, with place-based clinical experiences that trained students to practice law in a more affordable and practice-oriented fashion, the pressure on law schools would only increase.

Why schools are shifting to blended learning in Brazil

The Christensen Institute

For the past few years at the Institute, we’ve heard stories about Brazilian teachers trying out blended learning. To explore these trends more deeply, we published our first international blended-learning research paper in November, Blended Beyond Borders , in partnership with the WISE Initiative. Seven of these schools are practicing blended learning based on our definition. Blended learning can give students more options. Leia em português.

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.

Government Accountability Goes Unaccountable

Leadership Lounge

Even if Education Secretary Betsy DeVos and the Department of Education ignore the audit’s recommendations — as they should — and allow WGU to continue to access federal aid, the report is not an innocent exercise in government oversight.

?Higher Ed Innovators Maze: Where to Go, How to Start, How to Get There

Edsurge

Higher education innovation” is no different, though instead of flying cars and Mars colonies, what likely comes to mind first are online and competency-based learning platforms, learning management systems, or electronic whiteboards. We need to think of implementing tech as a design exercise. Education Technology Higher Education Postsecondary LearningThe term “innovation” conjures up all sorts of high tech-centered dreams worthy of an Elon Musk keynote.

The Canary in the Law School Coal Mine

Edsurge

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. But were entities to emerge that paired online learning, with its flexibility and competency-based learning attributes, with place-based clinical experiences that trained students to practice law in a more affordable and practice-oriented fashion, the pressure on law schools would only increase.

A school where you can’t fail — it just takes you longer to learn

The Hechinger Report

The only goal is to learn the material, sooner or later. They get frequent updates on which skills they’ve learned and which ones they need to acquire. Mastery-based learning, also known as proficiency-based or competency-based learning, is taking hold across the country.

Why Flipped Learning Is Still Going Strong 10 Years Later

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It became know as the flipped classroom—a modern, video-based version of a model pioneered by a handful of higher ed professors during the 1990s. Perhaps also because as flipped learning has evolved, it has adopted much more of an open-ended definition. The promise of more time for active learning is key to the flipped appeal, its fans say. Namely, his videos were approaching critical mass just around the same time as flipped learning was coming into its own. “I