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.

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

Edsurge

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. Allowing students to move on when they’re ready—or revisit something when they need support—is giving everyone a fair chance at being successful.”. In this model, students learn at their level and move on to concepts when they have demonstrated mastery.

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Tackle teacher shortages with online learning

The Christensen Institute

The new school year is underway, but districts across the country are still struggling to fill hundreds of teaching positions. And particular regions, like rural districts, where it’s difficult to find qualified teachers, are also especially strained. These chronic shortages, in turn, tend to limit the coursework that students can access. There is no shortage of proposed solutions to tackling teacher shortages. Remove barriers to licensure reciprocity.

Persistence Is Not Always Productive: How to Stop Students From Spinning Their Wheels

Edsurge

As a teacher, I was interested in the content and had a deep desire to impart my knowledge and enthusiasm to my students. I also worked hard to keep my students focused and tended to run my classroom like a tight ship. The truth was that I tended to push too hard on students in ways that they didn’t respond to, and I often lost control of the class. Classroom management didn’t come naturally to me, and I often felt unsuccessful.

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. 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. Putting these courses online often makes them worse.

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.

Creating a sea change to improve teacher impact

The Christensen Institute

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. One of the most conclusive findings in education research is that teachers matter.

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

Edsurge

Powerful ideas that seem simple in print quickly take on new, and potentially divergent, meanings as they are applied to policy and practice. Some terms, including “open,” get appended to specific use cases. 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. How effective are policy levers?

5 critical considerations for CBE and CBL implementation

eSchool News

As schools begin to invest in competency-based education (CBE) and higher ed institutions set up competency-based programs, two of the big questions often unanswered become “is their focus on education or on learning ?” But to what extent is academic culture, even in CBE programs, actually changing to be more learner-centric? How often are educational business decisions made with clear consideration of learners’ perspectives?

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Stepping aside to dig deeper: My next career move

The Christensen Institute

We wanted to create a place where we didn’t just write nice books that sat on people’s shelves and gathered dust, but a place that created and shaped meaningful dialogues that would produce systematic change. Over the past several years, I’ve enjoyed the opportunity to do just that. After having impact, we hoped they would move on at some point to other roles where they could continue to use the theories of disruptive innovation to help transform the world in powerful ways.

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. Those with a continuing education program have a valuable asset they should leverage as their hub of innovation to improve opportunities not just for adults but for all students.

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What’s edtech got to do with growth mindset?

Neo LMS

It was the first week of fifth grade and I was so ready to learn History. I had spent the previous summer poring over an Ancient Egypt book so it had to become my favorite subject. Then came the overwhelming sensation that I was not going to be able to pay attention.

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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.

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. Although proponents of personalized learning often talk about affording students more choice regarding how they learn, few schools have managed to figure out a coherent architecture to get there. These allow students to move through learning at a more flexible pace, on an as-needed basis.

5 More principles of effective instruction adapted for online teaching

Neo LMS

The guidelines, which are backed up by research in cognitive science, the work of master teachers, and learning strategies, work best in a teacher-led setting. Read more: 5 Principles of effective instruction adapted for online teaching. Read more: How to S.T.E.A.M.

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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. They tend to be simpler than existing services, so the elite and the sector’s leading organizations tend to dismiss them. In education, online learning is the first disruptive innovation since the advent of the printing press.

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

The Christensen Institute

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? That’s tougher to say. Instead, I increasingly think of “personaliz ing learning” as a verb.

OPINION: Why we need a new pedagogy for our post-Covid future

The Hechinger Report

The author’s daughter has spent much of the pandemic learning how to problem solve with her sewing machine. Early in the lockdown, my 10-year-old daughter learned how to use a sewing machine by watching YouTube videos. We tend to infantilize our children.

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. Instead, they are given additional support and then retested until they have the skills to move on to the next stage. In fact, in so many ways, it brings common sense back to education. They aren’t allowed to give up. to focus on learning skills rather than facts.

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

Edsurge

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? That’s tougher to say. Instead, I increasingly think of “personaliz ing learning” as a verb.

When to Teach Online Classes Live and When to Let Students Learn on Demand

Edsurge

class via Zoom, she has to remember that it isn’t 11 a.m. But the benefits of being online together, when it works, are huge, Self said in a recent episode of the EdSurge Podcast. The overall advice from experts is to mix both formats in any given class.

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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. They created 2Rev as an education design lab—a place where designs for innovative learning models could be developed and tested.

New, MIT-based program proposes transforming physicists, engineers into teachers

The Hechinger Report

The “Great Dome” on the campus of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, which is hosting an experimental program to recruit physicists, engineers, chemists, linguists, biologists, neuroscientists and other experts and train them to be primary and secondary school teachers. Doyung Lee is a living rebuke to the old maxim that those who can, do, and those who can’t, teach. You develop web apps you never see people use, and that weren’t meaningful to me.”.

The Trends and Challenges Shaping Technology Adoption In Schools

MindShift

A panel of 59 experts from 18 countries discussed major trends in education that are driving the adoption of technology, as well as the big challenges to effective implementation. This collaborative effort helps to paint a picture of where things stand now and where they might be going. It gives lots of way to facilitate activities at a PTA meeting, at a school board meeting or a local chamber of commerce,” said Keith Kruger, CEO of CoSN. “We’re

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. So they, often in partnership with daring leaders, are pushing back, trying to find ways to meet the long-held goal of educators: Meeting each student’s needs and helping all to be successful. Too often digital tools are used to drill struggling students and get them “back on track.”

Transforming Physicists, Engineers into Teachers at New MIT Program

MindShift

Doyung Lee is a living rebuke to the old maxim that those who can, do, and those who can’t, teach. Lee, who is 24, has a bachelor’s degree in engineering that led him to become a programmer, a profession with high pay and good prospects. You develop web apps you never see people use, and that weren’t meaningful to me.”. The idea upends the disparaging assessment, attributed to George Bernard Shaw, that teachers are people who have no other useful skills.

Making College A Powerful Experience For the Most Marginalized

MindShift

Childcare, work, documentation status, and the many “hoops” students have to jump through to get a college degree are often some of the biggest barriers. But they ended up discovering an adult population of learners driven to get a degree by life experiences, but scarred by attempts to navigate higher education. They’ve been made to feel that they can’t succeed in higher ed. It’s not a safe space where they’re made to feel like a participant in their learning.”.

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

to Take On Affirmative Action in College Admissions.” ” And by “take on,” that means “investigating and suing universities over affirmative action admissions policies deemed to discriminate against white applicants.” ” (It would be pretty great if the DOJ would investigate how legacy admissions and big donations let mediocre white applicants like Donald Trump and Jared Kushner get into Ivy League schools.). These 11 Cases Show How.”

The 100 Worst Ed-Tech Debacles of the Decade

Hack Education

I think it is worthwhile, as the decade draws to a close, to review those stories and to see how much (or how little) things have changed. But as the ed-tech sector is never willing to let a bad idea die, the report will live on. Online Grade Portals.

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

The Hechinger Report

Blond and doe-eyed, Duggan has been dancing since she was two, everything from tap to ballet. 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. Competencies.

Texas districts are rethinking technology integrations

The Christensen Institute

For the past year, 75 districts and charters in Texas have focused quietly on a vexing puzzle: how to use technology to jumpstart student achievement, but without wasting dollars on unwise technology bets that never pay off? Raise Your Hand Texas selected the book Blended: Using Disruptive Innovation to Improve Schools as the training manual and CA Group as the implementation leaders for the project. The manager of digital teaching and learning will own this project.