Complement and ‘commoditize’ teachers, but don’t substitute for them with tech

The Christensen Institute

In education, the question of whether technology will replace teachers was a common meme to fight the emergence of digital learning but has increasingly faded away as a serious threat. This may mean eliminating “classrooms” as we have known them and creating new learning environments in which students interact with lots of adults in multi-faceted ways.

Competency-based legal education

The Christensen Institute

As Michael Horn and I explain in our new white paper, “ Disrupting law school ,” regulatory protections that have sheltered law schools from competition will continue to subside. 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. Online, competency-based learning reverses the traditional relationship in education between time and student learning.

Law schools gone innovating

The Christensen Institute

In the aftermath of publishing “ Disrupting law school: How disruptive innovation will revolutionize the legal world ,” a white paper that Michele Pistone, a professor at Villanova’s law school, and I wrote about the existential threat facing non-elite legal education, I embarked on a listening tour and spoke with a handful of law school deans from around the country. All confirmed the bleak picture portrayed in the paper. Non-elite law schools are in crisis.

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Can law schools disrupt themselves?

The Christensen Institute

As my co-author, Michael Horn, and I explain in our new white paper, “ Disrupting law school ,” law schools should begin now to set themselves up as the disruptor. That would involve offering online, competency-based education programs that train students to provide legal services, not necessarily to be a JD, and shoring up the place-based education with extensive training in the lawyering competencies necessary for 21st-century lawyers.

Disruption looms for law schools

The Christensen Institute

The reason, as my coauthor Michele Pistone, a law professor at Villanova University, and I write in newly-published white paper for the Clayton Christensen Institute titled Disrupting Law School , is that the forces of disruptive innovation have arrived firmly in the world of legal services. The big question we pose in the paper is will any current law schools set up an autonomous entity and drive this disruption themselves or will entrants emerge that disrupt law schools.

New data supports disruption in law schools

The Christensen Institute

This supports Michele Pistone and Michael Horn’s recent white paper describing the disruption of the legal services market and the subsequent looming disruption facing legal education. Moving to competency-based programs could speed the time to degree and would allow students to take control of their own learning. Move pedagogy online. One major objection to online learning is the fear that it will ruin a school’s sprit de corps and decrease student engagement.

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What law schools should do to combat disruption

The Christensen Institute

In our recent white paper for the Clayton Christensen Institute titled Disrupting Law School , Michele Pistone, a law professor at Villanova University, and I write that the forces of disruptive innovation have arrived firmly in the world of legal services and will likely only accelerate in the years ahead. In the paper we pose two other ways forward for law schools. First, schools can use online learning as a sustaining innovation to improve learning and control costs.

Research examines blended learning, student achievement

eSchool News

New white paper explores effective instructional models and course customization benefits. On average, students taking partial or entire courses online outperform students taking the same course solely through face-to-face instruction.

What’s the difference between blended and personalized learning?

The Christensen Institute

Earlier this month, after two exhilarating and exhausting days at the Blended and Personalized Learning Conference in Providence, R.I., which we cohosted with our partners at Highlander Institute and The Learning Accelerator), I boarded an evening flight back to D.C. Just after takeoff, a school principal from Virginia seated in the row just ahead of me poked his head through the seat to ask: “So, what’s the difference between blended and personalized learning?”.

Creating a sea change to improve teacher impact

The Christensen Institute

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.” In that paper, Mallory Dwinal analyzes how the macro-level influences of women’s rights, technological improvements in other sectors, and teachers’ family structures have led to shortages of teachers by grade level, subject area, region, and quality.

Personalized learning: How kids are getting into college by mastering their skills

The Hechinger Report

Students work on individual projects in the blended-learning classroom of Jessica Anderson, in Deer Lodge, Montana. When they are ready, the students demonstrate their understanding by performing thoughtfully developed tasks that determine how much learning has taken place.

16 Great NonProfits Working to Support EdTech in Schools

Tom Murray

This post is the first of a short series meant to highlight the great work of many nonprofit organizations that are working diligently to support students’ learning on a daily basis. Creators of Blended Learning Universe (www.blendedlearning.org), the organization provides a directory of innovative schools and a myriad of models and case studies to support district transformation. Organization: International Association of K-12 Online Learning (iNACOL).

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Engrade users can access Knovation’s digital content

eSchool News

Collaboration aims to create a more open, collaborative digital learning environment for K-12 students and educators. We’re excited to partner with Knovation to support a more open, collaborative and easy-to-use learning environment. Digital Learning and Tools News

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#SmartSeries Refresh | Data Backpacks: Portable Records & Learner Profiles

Digital Learning Now

A lot has happened in the world of digital learning since ExcelinEd’s Digital Learning Now initiative and Getting Smart released the first Smart Series paper in August 2012. Download the full paper. Customized learning requires an enhanced and expanded Learner Profile.

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Math publisher introduces online PD series

eSchool News

Marshall Cavendish Education , publisher of the Singapore Math curriculum, introduced a new online professional development series for teachers of grades K to 5 scheduled throughout August. Learn how to prepare and plan for math for the school year.

Singapore Math offers new summer webinar series for educators

eSchool News

These Back-2-School with Math professional development math webinars give teachers confidence and inspiration as they learn math strategies on planning a successful school year for students, and parent involvement using Mathematical Practice Standards.

?Blockchain, Bitcoin and the Tokenization of Learning

Edsurge

Take LiveEdu , for example, a Y Combinator-backed online learning company that touts itself as being the “next-gen Lynda.com,” referring to a platform that offers online courses and skills training. LiveEdu intends to offer user-created, project-based learning videos, and is currently undergoing an presale initial coin offering (ICO), where it aims to sell 8 million “EDU” tokens. Tokenized Learning According to data tracked by Coinbase , ICOs have raised nearly $3.4

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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. In October, we will share a guide highlighting the trends, insights and challenges we've learned about while profiling five key players in the world of school redesign.

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

“The UK government has published its 2016 HE White Paper, entitled Success as a Knowledge Economy: Teaching Excellence, Social Mobility and Student Choice,” the Times Higher Education reports. For what it’s worth, Richard Hall’s response makes for better reading than the white paper itself. Also via Chalkbeat : “Black and white students score far apart on a new test of technology skills.” Education Politics. “ U.S.

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

And a response from Marilyn Anderson Rhames: “ An Open Letter to White Conservative Education Reformers.” Online Education (The Once and Future “MOOC”). From IMS Global : “ Competency-Based Education and Extended Transcripts: IMS Global Learning Consortium Enabling Better Digital Credentialing.” ” Trends to watch: investors’ interest in English language learning (software). They don’t even write white-papers , man.

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