Traveling around DC today having interesting conversations about three emerging topics in learning:
1. As frequently mentioned here at EdReformer, content embedded assessment will be the most important learning development of the decade. Mining the flood of keystroke data for information about motivation and persistence will yield the most important lessons of the decade. Extracting these lessons will take new collaborations of researchers and data analysts from the casual game space.
2. Comprehensive and portable student learning profiles will sit in a social layer outside formal education so that 1)parents can manage privacy protections, 2) variables including demographics and interests can be included, and 3) before/after school, tutoring, and summer providers can contribute and benefit from the profile.
3. Competence-based learning, (where students are promoted based on performance not time) as promoted by alternative schools, virtual schools, and credit-recovery programs will prove to be a key reform lever because it will:
- break the classroom construct for staffing and scheduling and force institutions to deal with individual students
- enable tiered team staffing with the right people doing the right job, regardless of where they are located
- demonstrate that without seat time barriers and with engaging learning experiences most students can learn faster
- money follows the student to the best learning option