Virtual School Meanderings

October 31, 2020

Learning theories timeline: Key ideas from educational psychology

Filed under: virtual school — Michael K. Barbour @ 11:38 am
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The third tweet that I wanted to pass along was this one.

In case it doesn’t work, the tweet is at: (it is actually a three tweet thread).

I wanted to share this one because the resource that it references – – is quite useful.  Several of the folks that commented on the Twitter thread quibbled about the exact dates, but the overall resource is quite great in my opinion and I wanted to share it.

December 12, 2014

Re-Post: The 4 Guiding Elements of Competency Design at Hekademia

Reposting this for the folks at Hekademia – a good Canadian company.  From the Hekademia Blog

The 4 Guiding Elements of Competency Design at Hekademia

We have discovered that there really isn’t one, single prescribed approach to competency-based education. States, schools, content providers, and many others are interested in developing and implementing competency-based education. Understandably, each of these providers will have unique approaches to the pedagogy. The discrepancies that arise often result in disagreements as to what the process should be called. Historically, such methods have been referred to asmastery-based education, but you will hear the terms proficiency-based, performance-based, standards-based, andcompetency-based, used interchangeably. However, the International Association for K-12 Online Learning (iNACOL) and the Council of Chief State School Officers, in an attempt to define competency-based education, has proposed the following 5 design elements, which are integral to any complete competency-based program:

  1. Students advance upon demonstrated mastery.
  2. Competencies include explicit, measurable, transferable learning objectives that empower students.
  3. Assessment is meaningful and a positive learning experience for students.
  4. Students receive timely, differentiated support based on their individual learning needs.
  5. Learning outcomes emphasize competencies that include application and creation of knowledge, along with the development of important skills and dispositions.1

Hekademia, through research, trial and error, and course development expertise, has come up with the ACe model. As mentioned in a previous blog post, Hekademia’s Adaptive Competency eLearning (ACe) programs seek to address the needs of students at every level.

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