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Competency Based Education and Deeper Learning in Curriculum Design and Implementation

Competency Based Education and Deeper Learning in Curriculum Design and Implementation

Author: Jody Waltman

In this lesson, students will explore the definition of CBE in Deeper Learning.

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In this tutorial, we'll see how competency-based education can be supported by deeper learning. We'll begin with an overview of deeper learning, and we'll see the links between deeper learning and competency-based education. Finally, we'll connect both deeper learning and CBE to standards and content knowledge. Let's get started.

Deeper learning began as an initiative of the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation's education program. The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation is committed to social change and education. The foundation's grants and endowments help to support school programs that involve community and civic projects. There's an emphasis on promoting the knowledge and competencies that are necessary for students to compete in an increasingly global society.

So how do we define competency-based education in terms of deeper learning? In deeper learning, the focus is on providing rigorous core content in authentic and innovative ways. The idea here is that this helps to prepare students for their future education and for their careers. We want to provide students with opportunities to really apply their learning.

The Hewlett Foundation has defined the deeper learning core competencies. First, students need to master the core academic content. By mastering the core content knowledge and skills, students will then be able to transfer that knowledge to more authentic situations and problems.

This leads us into wanting students to think critically and solve complex problems. Students put those skills and content to use as they think critically and they solve problems that are presented to them in new situations. They're encouraged to use creativity and a variety of tools and resources to solve these problems.

Another part of this process is having students work collaboratively. As students are focusing on creatively solving these real world problems, they also need to learn to work with one another. These opportunities to work collaboratively can occur in a variety of settings, not just the academic settings that students might expect, but also in social settings and vocational and civic settings.

It's important that students learn to communicate effectively as well. Not only is effective communication a key aspect of being able to work collaboratively, but also, we can expect that students will present their problems and their associated solutions to authentic audiences. Students need to learn how to learn. Students need to be monitoring their own learning and adjusting their learning and problem-solving strategies as needed. And finally, we should be helping our students to develop academic mindset.

Throughout all of these experiences where students are using creativity and communication skills to solve complex problems and to present their findings to an authentic audience, they're developing self-confidence, self-efficacy, a real sense of community, and they're also assigning value to their learning. They're seeing how the application of the core content and skills can really have value outside of school as well.

So let's now connect deeper learning and CBE to the standards and the content knowledge. Those deeper learning core competencies truly support the development of CBE curriculum and our units of study. We can see that those core competencies were closely related to the iNACOL design principles for competency-based education as well. Deeper learning theory helps students to transfer those core knowledge and skills beyond the walls of the classroom.

Implementing deeper learning theory can help our students to transfer the knowledge and skills that they've learned in the classroom beyond the classroom walls. They apply their skills in real world situations. And they can even positively impact the local and the global communities.

In fact, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, or OECD, published a report that cited the impact of deeper learning on helping to develop students who are competitive in this global marketplace and truly prepared for their future education and careers in that global marketplace.

In this tutorial, we learned about deeper learning and its connections to competency-based education. And we connected deeper learning and CBE to the standards and content knowledge in our classrooms.

So here's a chance for you to stop and reflect. Can you think of any opportunities in your community that would allow students to apply their core content knowledge and skills outside of your classroom walls?

To dive a little deeper and learn how to apply this information, be sure to check out the Additional Resources section associated with this video. This is where you'll find links targeted toward helping you discover more ways to apply this course material.

Thanks for joining me today. Have a great day.

Notes on "Competency Based Education and Deeper Learning in Curriculum Design and Implementation"

(00:00 - 00:22) Introduction

(00:23 - 00:50) Deeper Learning Background

(00:51 - 03:06) Deeper Learning and CBE

(03:07 - 04:07) Connecting to Standards and Content Knowledge

(04:08 - 04:20) Review

(04:21 - 04-49) Stop and Reflect

Additional Resources

Deeper Learning: A Series Overview

In this video series, you will learn the design principles of Deeper Learning. In addition, you will see Deeper Learning in practice in classrooms and hear from students and teachers about their experiences.

Competency Works Wiki: Deeper Learning

On this site, you will find links to resources for training and professional development on Deeper Learning. The first four links provide access to online learning opportunities.

How Digital Learning Contributes to Deeper Learning

In this presentation, Tom Vander Ark and Carri Schneider suggest that digital learning promotes Deeper Learning through personalized skill building, schools and tools that foster Deeper Learning, and extended access. In addition, the presentation explores 10 steps to achieve Deeper Learning in your practice.

Where Can I Find More Resources on Deeper Learning?

This is a collection of resources on and examples of Deeper Learning provided by the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation.