15 01, 2020

5 Steps to Effective Curriculum Planning

2019-12-31T00:36:16-05:00 January 15th, 2020|Course Creation, course design, curriculum, Curriculum Development, Curriculum Planning|0 Comments

Computerized Adaptive Testing is a form of computerized testing that adapts based on the answers provided by the test-taker.

26 12, 2019

Pros and Cons of Computerized Adaptive Testing

2019-12-23T23:11:50-05:00 December 26th, 2019|Course Creation, course design, curriculum, Curriculum Development, Curriculum Planning|0 Comments

Computerized Adaptive Testing is a form of computerized testing that adapts based on the answers provided by the test-taker.

18 12, 2019

Our Top 5 Content Development Articles of 2019

2019-12-18T13:08:26-05:00 December 18th, 2019|Course Creation, course design, curriculum, Curriculum Development, Curriculum Planning|0 Comments

As we get ready to welcome 2020, we thought it would be a great idea to recap 2019 with our top 5 articles written this year.

11 12, 2019

Top 4 Mistakes to Avoid When Creating a Computer Science Curriculum

2019-12-11T16:12:32-05:00 December 11th, 2019|Course Creation, course design, curriculum, Curriculum Development, Curriculum Planning|0 Comments

Without a doubt, creating a computer science curriculum can be a bit challenging. There are a ton of variables and plenty of room for mistakes.

24 09, 2019

4 High-Impact Approaches for Increasing Student Engagement in Higher Ed

2019-09-25T06:07:13-05:00 September 24th, 2019|Curriculum Planning, education, higher education, Learning|0 Comments

Student engagement and retention improve when universities take action. Campus beautification and student demographics definitely play a part. A rich learning experience, however, is even more important in helping students finish strong. Many institutions are using the following high impact approaches to keep learners engaged. Structured Learning Communities Increase Student Engagement Learning communities give students a sense of belonging and increase engagement. A structured community will group learners together and give them more time to interact.  Students can collaborate to solve problems, review peer work, or conduct research. Such a community should also include faculty who ask students about their personal life and give career guidance. An LMS (Learning Management System) makes it all easier.  For example, one community college found that students in a structured learning community attended class more often.   What are some approaches to keep your millennial learners engaged? Read this article that discusses some curricular approaches based on their unique learning styles.   Writing Intensive Courses Universities such as Harvard are offering writing intensive courses. A writing intensive course amplifies student [...]

28 08, 2019

3 Connections Between Learning Standards and Performance-Based Assessments

2019-08-27T19:58:01-05:00 August 28th, 2019|curriculum, Curriculum Planning, education, Instructional Design|0 Comments

What are performance-based assessments (PBA)? Here's an example to help you understand PBAs. Let’s think about verbs. Regardless of your level of interest in sentence structure, the word verb most likely brought one thing to mind: action. The physical act of doing something. Now, what verb in the following standard do you consider most significant?  Develop a model to describe the cycling of water through Earth’s systems driven by energy from the Sun and the force of gravity. If you picked develop, congratulations! That’s what the middle-school science student has to do in this case: create something to describe something else. Both the Common Core State Standards and the Next Generation Science Standards are all about action, regardless of the age of the student. So, how does a student develop a model on a traditional multiple-choice assessment? Chances are, this question made you pause a bit and think about it. Can a model be made by choosing A, B, C, or D? Kind of. You can definitely complete a model by selecting the correct answer. You [...]

17 07, 2019

Creating Authentic Learning Experiences Part 4: Assessment of Authentic Learning

2019-07-16T16:49:12-05:00 July 17th, 2019|assessment, Curriculum Planning, education, Instructional Design|0 Comments

This is the fourth and final installment in the four-part blog series on authentic learning. We’ll explore how assessments fit into the authentic learning process. So far in the series we have discussed the components of authentic learning, the elements of a successful authentic learning environment, and how to integrate these experiences into existing curriculums. The final piece is assessment. Why Do We Assess? While assessment is not usually anyone’s favorite part of the learning process, it is necessary. All assessment seeks to measure student performance toward learning objectives or standards. Types of Assessment Assessment usually takes one of two forms: formative or summative. Both types of assessment can be used in an authentic learning environment, but it does take some creative thinking to break out of the scantron bubble. Formative Assessment These assessments take place during the learning process, allowing for modification of both teaching and learning activities. A couple of great examples of formative assessment in authentic learning are journals and student interviews. Journals Journals are a space for students to process [...]

10 07, 2019

Putting Micro-credentials to Practice for K12 Professional Development

2019-07-10T10:22:05-05:00 July 10th, 2019|curriculum, Curriculum Planning, micro-credentialing, Professional Development|0 Comments

Micro-credentials might be just the right approach for your district’s professional development program. Think smaller and a more focused format. That’s microcredentials in a nutshell. How does micro-credentialing work? Professionals complete a discrete, competency-based task. The organization offering micro-credentials can then issue badges, continuing education credits, or other verification of completion. Putting it in practice Let’s say a K12 school district typically offers face-to-face courses for teachers’ professional development. Teachers sign on and attend a number of hours of training and are then awarded continuing professional development, or CPD, credit for participating in those workshop trainings. Instead, how about changing the format to something like this. Redesign learning using the micro-credentials and change the components in the following manner. Plan shorter sessions Since educators already have a lot on their plate, why not shorten the units? It’s easier for busy educators to fit a 15- or 30-minute professional development session into their busy schedules. Use a skill-based program The second approach is to modify the learning to be skill-based and related to on-the-job tasks. [...]