• 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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  • Confessions of an EdTech Company: Learning to Learn

    Authors: Amara Humphry and Donna Park Ed + Tech ≠ EdTech Ed + Tech = Learning Heidi Haugen is a high school biology teacher. True to her subject, her classroom is alive in all corners. Tanks of salmon eggs, geckos, rodents, and Madagascar hissing cockroaches line the walls. And tucked...

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  • Blended Learning on the Ground: Advice from College Educators

    By: Jennifer Spohrer By now I suspect most college faculty have heard of “blended learning, “hybrid learning,” and “flipped” classes. Some of us have experimented with these approaches ourselves; many more have learned of them indirectly from colleagues, the media,...

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  • Investing in the Explosion of Options in Education & Learning

    By: Michael Staton Time and again, as local institutions transform into dynamic, international markets there is an explosion in variety and a relentless pursuit of more aptly and fully meeting the scales and diversity of demand.  As products and services are uprooted from monopolistic,...

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  • Personalized Learning is Promising

    Last month, the RAND Corporation released interim research findings on personalized learning schools, including schools in the NGLC network. (The other schools are from the Charter School Growth Fund’s Next Generation School Investments, and the Gates Foundation’s Personalized Learning...

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  • Online Learning & Equality: Rio Salado College Hosts Bill Gates

    “During my visit, I heard inspiring stories of students who are taking advantage of these flexible learning models to pursue degrees that can put them on paths to new careers." - Bill Gates, co-chair, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Imagine that you never finished college…...

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  • New Book Outlines 7 Keys to Smart Cities

    *Reposted with permission from GettingSmart.com. Author: Tom Vander Ark The last two decades illustrate the benefits and shortcomings of policy-driven efforts at improving education. Federal and state policymakers have attempted to make improvements to the schools we inherited. While a few...

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  • Investing in Personalized Learning Strategies to Improve College Student Outcomes

    By Jason Palmer, Deputy Director Postsecondary Success Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation My passion for education has been a constant throughout my life, starting with my father, who was principal at my high school in upstate New York, and later the superintendent of Albany Public Schools....

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  • Moving Towards Next Gen Learning

    *Reposted with permission from GettingSmart.com Raise your hand if you have uttered any of the following phrases in the past week: Blended learning Competency-based learning Personalized learning Digital learning Online learning Connected learning Deeper...

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  • Supporting Online Students with an Online Student Commons and Text Chat

    Authors: Alexandra M. Pickett, Maureen Owens, Mike Walker, and Lori Palmer In Yesterday’s post, Larry Dugan joined Alexandra Pickett to introduce a distinctive student support feature of the SUNY Learning Network’s NGLC Wave I Building Blocks for College Completion project, the...

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