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.

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. 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.

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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. 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.

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

Edsurge

The goal is not to remove the obstacles from learning. Believe it or not, “wheel-spinning” is now a technical term and has become a topic of interest to researchers who study how children learn. The tool relied on publically released data from Carnegie Learning.) It uses “mastery-based” techniques for assignments, meaning students don’t need to complete long problem sets once they demonstrate they understand a concept.

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.

How online learning is changing credit recovery

eSchool News

As learning becomes more accessible, credit recovery programs are evolving. Online learning is playing an increasingly important part in credit recovery for students with a variety of academic needs, according to a new report from the International Association for K-12 Online Learning (iNACOL). Here’s where competency-based education comes in. Students work with their parents and teacher to determine their individual learning pace.

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. But what exactly is a competency-based education system, and what role does technology play in the design and support of this system?

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. Horn online learning

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. The goal of the event was to focus on the practical elements of blended and personalized learning by surfacing the tactics that practitioners were deploying in the trenches. Click here to learn more. For more, see: Blended learning up close—really close.

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. Make learning a priority. which Dweck associates with a false growth mindset, won’t help them achieve their learning goals, at least not in the long run. Challenge students to learn more. E-learnin

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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.

Activate Instruction migrates content to Gooru

eSchool News

Free, personalized online tool makes high-quality content available to all users. As the public education system evolves toward supporting students’ personalized needs, online learning tools have emerged that allow teachers to customize instruction. Often the tools available either meet some of the teachers’ needs or are prohibitively expensive. Every student is unique and learns differently.

The most important LMS analytics that teachers should know about

Neo LMS

One of the benefits of using an LMS for online teaching is that it makes teachers’ lives easier when it comes to tracking student progress and learning outcomes. Read more: What works for tracking student progress in online learning. NEO Guide: Competency-based learning.

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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. up distance learning. E-learning

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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.

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. Success in an MBL program is defined by the achievement of competencies , not intangible performance measures or student-to-student comparisons. Student achievement is evaluated against school learning standards and performance expectations. What is Standards-based Grading?

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

Edsurge

But the benefits of being online together, when it works, are huge, Self said in a recent episode of the EdSurge Podcast. Experts in online teaching have been debating and researching the question of synchronous versus asynchronous for decades.

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5 trends for seeding CBE growth

The Christensen Institute

As more and more school systems across the country explore competency-based education (CBE), 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.

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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.

Does Presence Equal Progress? Tracking Engagement in Online Schools

Edsurge

We all remember classmates who sat in the back of the room, eyes glued to a comic or dog-eared paperback, anything to escape a learning environment that did not—or could not—engage them. But this innovation is at odds with a generations-old notion of what school should look like and it is spurring debate of the merit of online schools. Many valid questions have been raised about online schools. How do you know learning is happening?

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

Edsurge

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. Education Technology Higher Education Postsecondary Learnin

How One University is Working to ‘Humanize’ Online Teaching

Edsurge

For those teaching online courses, professors at California State University at Channel Islands have some advice: don’t be a robot. It may sound obvious, but it addresses widespread concerns from many professors that online teaching will be impersonal and transactional. No one wants to feel like a cog in the wheel, especially not when it comes to something as personal as learning. They share how teaching online can involve a surprising amount of passion—and even some tears.

Not Just Buzzwords: How Teachers Bring Big Ideas, Innovative Practices to Life

Edsurge

Because trying unfamiliar tools and strategies where children are involved and the odds are uncertain can feel risky and unwise. Blended learning in credit-recovery courses and alternative schools—areas where students would often have no brick-and-mortar options—has gotten a bad rap because of questions about the rigor of the online learning experience. At some schools, educators don’t take what they learn in alternative settings to improve mainstream classes.

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. Three main ways schools are attempting this work are through technology use, an emphasis on personalizing learning and moving toward a mastery-based or competency-based evaluation system. ’ Competency education refers to a break from the traditional time-based school model.

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

Online Education (and the Once and Future “MOOC”). From the edX blog : “Fully Online, Top-Ranked Master’s Degrees Now Available on edX.” ” Via Edsurge : “5 Ways MOOC -Based Degrees Are Different From Other Online Degrees.” ” Not listed: other online degrees simply aren’t hyped the way MOOCs are. “ FutureLearn Looking To Raise £40m, Announces a MOOC-based BA,” says Class Central.

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Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

” Via Inside Higher Ed : “A bill backed by President Trump and announced Wednesday aims to reduce overall legal immigration by half while putting in place a new points-based system for applicants for employment-based green cards that would privilege graduates of American universities.” ” Online Education and the Once and Future “MOOC” Via Edsurge : “As In-Person Bootcamps Falter, Codecademy Introduces Paid Online Options.”

The 100 Worst Ed-Tech Debacles of the Decade

Hack Education

Affluent students get to digital tools for creative exploration; poor students get to use theirs for test prep. Boundless’s materials have been archived by David Wiley’s company Lumen Learning. Online Grade Portals. You can learn anything online, Siegler argued.