Author: Bror Saxberg

What the Learning Sciences Tell Us About Competency Education

December 20, 2017 by

Sometimes, articles are so important that we re-post them. We know it is important to make sure our design and processes in schools are grounded in the learning sciences. This article by Bror Saxberg, now at Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, is worth reading (or re-reading). We invite our readers to submit articles that help us become more familiar with the learning sciences and think about how they inform effective (and ineffective) practices and processes. Happy reading!

Chris Sturgis

At a recent meeting sponsored by iNACOL to think deeply about competency and assessment, we talked about what impact the last few decades of learning science should have on doing the best job planning and using competencies for learning.

The good news is the learning science lines up with the idea of personalizing instruction, and the pace of instruction, for individual learners:  they’re likely to be more motivated, and more successful, if they can work and master at different rates, doing different things, to get to the same competencies.

However, not every way you could conceive of making learning personalized is likely to match how learning and expertise actually work.  Let’s look at a few examples of how learning science can guide us: (more…)

What the Learning Sciences Tell Us About Competency Education

August 8, 2012 by

At a recent meeting sponsored by iNACOL to think deeply about competency and assessment, we talked about what impact the last few decades of learning science should have on doing the best job planning and using competencies for learning.

The good news is the learning science lines up with the idea of personalizing instruction, and the pace of instruction, for individual learners:  they’re likely to be more motivated, and more successful, if they can work and master at different rates, doing different things, to get to the same competencies.

However, not every way you could conceive of making learning personalized is likely to match how learning and expertise actually work.  Let’s look at a few examples of how learning science can guide us: (more…)

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