• Supporting Teachers in Using Online Inquiry-Based Games

    Author: Louisa Rosenheck As part of a pilot project, we’ve been working with teachers to implement The Radix Endeavor in their classrooms. The Radix Endeavor is a Massively Multiplayer Online Game (MMOG) developed at the MIT Education Arcade; it is designed to improve learning and interest...

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  • The 2015 Breakthrough Models Incubator Cohort: Diverse & Driven to Change Higher Ed

    We have our own version of March Madness here at EDUCAUSE/NGLC; it’s the time when we select our new cohort for the Breakthrough Models Incubator. Thankfully, our ‘tourney’ has ended and I think the field of higher education should be declared the winner. With this new cohort, we...

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  • Translating CBE Programs into Sustainable Business Models

    By Rick Staisloff The Higher Education Business Model and CBE As part of its ongoing mission to improve college readiness and completion through the application of technology, NGLC sponsored its second cohort of Breakthrough Models Incubator (BMI) projects in 2014. This cohort consisted of nine...

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  • NGLC Schools Take On Competency-Based Learning

    Over the winter, I worked with NGLC’s newest grantees to create profiles of their school models. As I worked with them to identify key features of their academic models, I got to see how different elements of their innovative approach to learning intersect and work together. I’m...

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  • K-12 Roundup of Digital Tools & Content

    My greatest challenge as a K-12 breakthrough model implementer: the dearth of platform options and lack of high quality software/digital content. I am pleased to report, however, that there are many more options and helpful tools today than were available back in 2009. You’re probably...

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  • Personalized Learning Grows Across New England

    The New England Secondary School Consortium (NESSC)—one of NGLC’s Regional Funds for Breakthrough Schools partners—has selected a cohort of schools across New England that will become members of NESSC’s Next Gen Personalized Learning Initiative. In all, 20 schools...

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  • What’s New About Next Gen Learning?

    I was recently in touch with a former teaching colleague of mine. When I told her about my work at NGLC, she teased me: “Dalia, it seems like you’re always working on these faddish reforms—isn’t ‘Next Gen’ or ‘personalized’ learning simply a new label...

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  • Three Perspectives on Personalization

    Author: Matt Riggan Editor’s Note: Below, Matt Riggan shares his perspective on the NGLC Bay Area convening, which took place in January 2015. Our two-day visit had been all about personalized learning. We’d heard that term in every school we visited and in every session in between...

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  • Building Momentum in Teaching, Learning & EdTech

    What do three fast and furious days of learning and sharing at the intersection of higher ed, teaching and learning and education technology look like? Those who attended the EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative 2015, which just wrapped up in Anaheim last week (#ELI2015), had a chance to find out. NGLC...

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  • Prior Learning Assessment & Competency-Based Education

    “What can you do with what you know?” Competency-based education (CBE) recognizes that learning can happen in many different ways; CBE rewards the demonstration of competency rather than the time spent learning. All students bring a variety of knowledge and skills developed over their...

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