It's still harder than it should be to create an effective sequence of learning experiences in K-12, postsecondary or organizational training. Owing to underinvestment and weak demand articulation, learning management systems (LMS) are at least five years behind the growing demand for engaging, learner-centered, competency-based experiences that result in employment (and other favorable outcomes).
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November 01, 2013
August 14, 2013
Underlying the shift to blended and student-centered environments is the transition from marking seat time to tracking learning. In competency-based environments, students show what they know and they progress when they've demonstrated mastery.
July 31, 2013
Last week I visited GPS Education Partners, a high school manufacturing apprenticeship-based program near Milwaukee. For more than a dozen years, with support from Generac and the Kern Family Foundation, the 21 month full time program has blended classroom studies with work in a manufacturing facility.
May 29, 2013
How do schools create the ideal learning organizations -- for young and old alike? Doctoral student (and former teacher) Zac Chase has some ideas.
May 23, 2013
In this era of the school turnaround, what should a struggling school be turning into - and how can we know if it's working? Sam Chaltain has some ideas, but they would require a sea change in how we think about assessing whether or not students are learning.
December 10, 2012
What will next generation districts do well? In the last week I've had the opportunity to discuss that question with hundreds of school board members and superintendents.