• Competency-Based Education Gains Momentum

    This is the second post in a new series reflecting on a variety of both emerging and established areas where K-12 and higher education appear to be at a confluence.   We’re examining competency-based education (CBE), an approach that has been celebrated for its customization and...

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  • Tristan Denley: Building Smart Pathways for Student Success

    Sometimes to better understand a wicked problem, you have to start by putting yourself in someone else’s shoes. That’s exactly what mathematician and higher education leader Tristan Denley did, and the resulting effort--a course recommendation system called Degree Compass--has led to...

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  • Postsecondary Trending Now: The State of the Completion Agenda

    Simply focusing on increasing quantity without keeping a close eye on ensuring quality spells out trouble in all kinds of situations. Academic experiences shouldn’t be excluded from that assumption. Within the college access movement, for example, this has proved to be the case. While...

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  • Announcing our New K-20 Series: Where K-12 and Higher Ed Meet

    Unlike a relay race, there’s no coordinated hand-off between secondary and postsecondary institutions, where students are shepherded into the next phase of their academic career and educators on both sides have a meaningful (albeit brief) exchange. The realms of K-12 and higher education...

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  • Seeing is Believing: Virtual Reality in Education

    Virtual reality is a futuristic concept that no longer belongs to the future. With several new products hitting the market in recent years, and along with them, a variety of new use cases, virtual reality is an experience that has become more tech novelty than sci-fi fantasy. (Although I think we...

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  • MyWays #3: Assessment Design as Integrated as Your Definition of Student Success

    Note: The toolbox of MyWays resources is in beta form, available for pilot-testing. These resources will be refined and new tools will be added, based on user feedback, later this spring, along with a summary of the research supporting the MyWays project. This blog post on MyWays provides...

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  • MyWays #2: Learning Design as Rich as Your Definition of Student Success

    Note: The toolbox of MyWays resources is in beta form, available for pilot-testing. These resources will be refined and new tools will be added, based on user feedback, later this spring, along with a summary of the research supporting the MyWays project. Today’s MyWays blog post...

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  • MyWays: The Three Steps Needed to Achieve the Big Leap into Next Gen Learning

    Note: This is the first blog in a series on MyWays. Part 2 addresses learning design and Part 3 focuses on assessment design. The toolbox of MyWays resources is in beta form, available for pilot-testing. These resources will be refined and new tools will be added, based on user feedback, later this...

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  • Bay Blends Advance Personalized Learning

    Author: Tom Vander Ark This blog post originally appeared on GettingSmart.com. Earlier this month we visited seven Bay Area schools from our elementary and secondary schools worth visiting lists. When it comes to innovation, the Bay Area is a great place to see a wide range of schools doing...

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  • Next Gen Learning: An Experiment on Other People’s Children?

    Editor’s Note: In an effort to explore issues of equity in education and current reform efforts to increase personalization through the use of blended and competency-based learning strategies, two staff members of Next Generation Learning Challenges asked themselves: “Is next gen...

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