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.

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. Bringing Capella’s competency-based learning—in which learning becomes the constant and time becomes the variable—together with the real-time labor data of CareerBuilder offers a new way to build a supply of job-ready talent. Matt: Capella has been digital and competency-based for two decades.

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Tackle teacher shortages with online learning

The Christensen Institute

For example, states already operating in a budget deficit can hardly expect to come up with the millions of dollars that would be required each year to make physics teachers’ pay commensurate with the pay typical of private industry positions. As we’ve written before , one affordable and flexible solution stands out: online and blended learning hold the potential to unlock new solutions to the nation’s teacher capacity challenges.

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.

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.

Disruption looms for law schools

The Christensen Institute

First, they are creating more affordable, standardized, and commoditized services in an industry long dominated by opaque, highly customized, and expensive offerings only accessible on a regular basis to a limited part of the population. Education Blog Blended learning competency-based education competency-based learning digital learning disruption disruptive innovation higher education law school law schools legal education online learning

Charter schools tackle shortcomings of college

The Christensen Institute

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. Education Blog Blended learning Charter schools college College for America competency-based learning digital learning disruptive innovation graduation rates higher education Innovation K-12 education online learning

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. Moreover, online coursework can start to facilitate anywhere, anytime learning, which doubles down on the promise that learning need not be confined to the four walls of the classroom.

Preparing Students For A Modern Economy

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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.” ” Learn the skills that companies want you to have. The Characteristics Of Competency-Based Education.

Why Continuing Education Programs Are Poised to Become Hubs of Innovation

Edsurge

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.

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

Edsurge

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.

How colleges are adapting to the future of education

Linways Technologies

So here are some of the approaches and adaptations the institutions are currently relying on to address the shifting trends and needs of both the industry and the future. So as a result, we are now seeing more skill based educational practises in colleges. People who chose to work in a different industry as to what they have studied in college are also common now. Education can no longer be considered as a one-time thing where students learn about what they need to know.

Implementing an effective learner-centered approach for educators and students

eSchool News

Shifting from an industrial-age education model to a post-industrial learner-centered model is an essential part of preparing students for college and 21st century careers, and the process works best when the learner-centered approach is applied to the professional learning of teachers and administrators, as well as the education of their students. Related content: 4 lessons our school learned about competency-based learning.

The PROs and CONs of competency-based education

Neo LMS

In a previous post I talked about competency-based learning and how this might be the ultimate approach to education. I recommend you having a read of the entire post, but I also know that time is money, so I’ll give you the TL;DR version below: Competency-based education shift the focus from time to mastery of competencies/skills. The PROs and CONs of competency-based education. They get so much more control over their learning process.

Healthcare offers lessons from the last recession to higher ed of what not to do

The Christensen Institute

There will be many opportunities to use stimulus funds to push forward competency-based learning models—in which the federal government pays for mastery of learning, not the number of “credit hours” students accumulate. Competency-based learning designs are, theoretically, a far more robust way to learn, as they ensure all students master the critical learning objectives before graduating.

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. Phill and Graham had a wonderful conversation on the topic of e-learning and explored six key digital learning trends that are reshaping the EdTech landscape. Digital learning trends that are reshaping EdTech.

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Competency-Based vs Personalized Learning: Dawn of Justice

CUE

Competency-based and personalized learning strategies are both best incorporated when they leverage technology tools which allow teachers to customize their standard curriculum. A competency-based learning system focuses on the demonstration of a student’s academic performance. Students are allowed to progress by way of individualized learning programs at a rate that challenges their growth and supports their development.

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.

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. With half a million unfilled computing jobs, the tech industry has a vested interest as well. 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. Rethinking teaching and learning.

3 Core aspects of a personalized learning platform

Neo LMS

The availability of AI technologies, machine learning, robotics and so on is happening much faster than people might expect. We are not talking about some science fiction dream that is going to take 20 years to accomplish; almost all of these technologies are already available to various degrees in various industries, and they’ll go to the next level sometime in the next year, or in the next few years. 3 Core aspects of a personalized learning platform.

Utah Makes Dramatic Progress Implementing Next Generation Learning

ExcelinEd

Utah’s steady journey toward next generation learning took another step forward last month. The state announced the recipients of the Competency-Based Education Planning Grant program. Seven school districts and charter schools will form the first cohort of the state’s competitive competency-based learning pilot program—and will have the chance to apply for an additional $2 million dollars lawmakers appropriated this year for future implementation grants.

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. Second, officials should move from seat-time requirements to competency-based learning models.

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Supporting Teachers: Our Hoover Dam

ExcelinEd

Especially during this pandemic year, states are wisely providing devices for students to learn at home. This school year, teachers face an unprecedented challenge teaching students both in person and at home—students who have experienced significant learning loss and trauma.

Learning Impact Conference Report: How Can We Create More Seamless Digital Ecosystems?

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At the IMS Global Learning Impact conference this week (#LILI2018), there were dozens of sessions covering the many ways interoperability is helping data play well together to create more user-friendly digital ecosystems. Some sessions dove into the weeds, exploring systems like IMS CASE (Competencies & Academic Standards Exchange), which supports learning standards and competencies, digital resources, and assessments.

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! Digital Promise will award up to ten school or district leaders who submit a response by March 27 with a $1,000 stipend for a trip to San Francisco, including workshops with leading software companies, in partnership with the Education Technology Industry Network.

Why Flipped Learning should be standard for Higher Education

Neo LMS

Flipped Learning and Higher Education are rarely found together in the same sentence. Perhaps that is the case because the idea of flipped learning is attributed to two high school teachers and is a rather new concept, while stakeholders of Higher Education prefer to refer to it as “ reverse instruction ”. While not exactly the same, both concepts shift the focus towards students and their learning needs rather than the instructor.

Why continuing education programs are poised to become hubs of innovation

The Christensen Institute

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.

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

Edsurge

In China, the edtech industry appears to be immune to the whiplash that has hit venture investing across other sectors. Within the Chinese education sector, three sectors saw a concentration of investments: competency-based education; language learning; education “informazation.”. Source: JMDedu Investors put their money into 29 competency-based education companies—or almost a quarter of all the edtech investments—during the first quarter.

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Does Your District Have a Solid Data Foundation?

Tom Murray

I’ve been able to see firsthand how school leaders are implementing exciting innovations that are accelerating high quality teaching and learning—things such as Open Education Resources (OER) , repurposing their spaces , completely overhauling how they assess a child’s growth by shifting to a competency-based learning model , among other things. can be ut ilized to make learning personal (and fun!)

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14 Examples Of Innovation In Higher Education

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Also note, the point of this post isn’t to showcase how innovative higher education is but rather to point out innovations that are out there as a kind of survey while also hopefully helping pollinate the possibility of innovation in the upper end of the field and ‘industry’ of education. Competency-Based Learning. Smarter Learning Management Systems. The Future Of Learning Disruption & Innovation Terry Heick

Interoperability Boosts the Speed of School Communications

EdTech Magazine

A Digital Learning Now report highlights digital backpacks as a solution for teachers who, without these tools, “have little visibility into the past performance of their students, what other teachers noted, or each learner’s strengths, weaknesses, and individual needs.”. Utah teachers are now not only able to keep tabs on how students develop, but they can better develop personalized learning initiatives. Interoperability Boosts the Speed of School Communications.

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Higher Ed’s Credit Transfer System Is Broken. Here’s a Better Way.

Edsurge

In an education world driven more by inputs than learning outcomes, it’s hard to prove the case one way or the other. Department of Education, along with state departments of higher education, will need to foster a parallel higher education system in which they not only pay higher education providers, but also third-party credentialing entities to assess and validate students’ mastery of industry-valued skills.

Odysseyware launches new professional learning series

eSchool News

The series will include virtual and live events focused on industry best practices. 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. These models are ushering in a new era of personalized learning pathways, teacher empowerment, and student choice.

[Guest Post] The Future of Learning is Now

Education Elements

The Jaquelin Hume Foundation’s mission is to accelerate the implementation of high quality blended/personalized learning in America’s schools. As he spoke, it became clear to me that the only way to have an impact on the K-12 education industry (a $650 billion business at last count) was to introduce the use of technology to improve its product and increase its productivity. Personalized learning is an idea whose time has come. Personalized Learning Education Leaders

Project-Based Learning Is Just the Beginning

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In addition, we are one of 10 high school districts in Illinois that has started to move to competency-based learning. We started by marrying the traditional, content-driven course work with performance-based assessment. As we make our way toward a completely mastery-based model, we are slowly ridding ourselves of traditional grade levels.