This summary of competency-based learning from iNACOL is a great introduction and overview about one of the most exciting trends in teaching and learning.
Frequently, competency education is described as simply flexibility in awarding credit or defined as an alternative to the Carnegie unit. Yet, this does not capture the depth of the transformation of our education system from a time-based system to a learning-based system. Competency education also holds promise as districts explore new ways to expand and enrich support to students, challenging the assumption that learning takes place within the classroom. Competency-based approaches are being used at all ages from elementary school to graduate school level, focusing the attention of teachers, students, parents, and the broader community on students mastering measurable learning topics.
As part of iNACOL’s Summer Spotlight Series, we’ve gathered together some of our favorite learning materials to help you explore competency education more deeply as you consider the upcoming school year and the ongoing transformation toward personalized learning:
Understanding Competency Education
Making Mastery Work: A Close-Up View of Competency Education – Nellie Mae Education Foundation>>download
Mean What You Say: Defining and Integrating Personalized, Blended and Competency Education – iNACOL>>download
When Success is the Only Option: Designing Competency-based Pathways for Next Generation Learning – iNACOL>>download
The Shift from Cohorts to Competency – Digital Learning Now & Getting Smart>>download
Implementing Competency Education
Progress and Proficiency: Redesigning Grading for Competency Education – CompetencyWorks>>download
The Art and Science of Designing Competencies – CompetencyWorks>>download
Re-Engineering Information Technology: Design Considerations for Competency Education – CompetencyWorks>>download
A K-12 Federal Policy Framework for Competency Education: Building Capacity for Systems Change – CompetencyWorks>>download
Necessary for Success: A State Policymakers Guide to Competency Education –CompetencyWorks>>download
Competency Education Series: Policy Brief One – KnowledgeWorks>>download
From Policy to Practice: How Competency-Based Education Is Evolving in New Hampshire – Christensen Institute>>download
Learner-Centered Instruction in Action – Maine Department of Education>>watch
What Is Competency-Based Education? – Nellie Mae Education Foundation>>watch
Transforming Education – Lindsay Unified School District>>watch
Iowa BIG – Animation Overview – Cedar Rapids Community School District>>watch
MCL: Lori Schedules Her Learning Plan – Mass Customized Learning>>watch
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For a dedicated conference track exploring competency education and deep dive into the ways personalized learning is transforming schools across the country and around the world, register to attend the iNACOL Blended and Online Learning Symposium in Palm Springs, CA – November 4-7, 2014.
Tom Vander Ark is a director at iNACOL