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Next Gen Approach

Author: Jody Waltman

In this lesson, you will learn about next generation learning, including the elements that must be in place to support next gen models and the goals of such learning.

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In this tutorial, we'll explore the concept of next generation learning. We'll begin by defining the term next generation learning, and we'll identify its six elements. Finally, we'll outline some of the goals of next generation learning. Let's get started.

The term next generation learning refers to an approach that incorporates features of both personalized learning and competency-based education. The goal is to engage students using instruction that has a greater potential for learning and achievement than more traditional instructional approaches.

There are six identified elements of next generation learning. Element one is defined learning goals. Students need to be engaged in making progress towards achieving learning goals that involve deeper learning. These goals will prepare them for college and their future careers. Element number two is measurement of progress toward these goals. Both formative and summative assessments should be used in order to determine students' mastery of competencies.

Element three of next generation learning is personalized and competency-based learning models. Technology should be embedded as an integral part of this learning, and various resources and supports, such as personal, instructional, and technological resources should be provided to students in order to help them master the various competencies. Element number four is effective implementation of new learning models. This refers to an entire systemic approach, everything from embracing the changing roles of both students and teachers to being open to using flexible scheduling in a school, to supporting the necessary infrastructure that needs to be in place in order to implement this type of learning.

Element number five is enabling conditions for implementation of learning models. Support from all stakeholders is crucial in the implementation of a new learning model. And finally, element number six of next generation learning is rapid implementation of the most effective models.

Here are the overarching goals of next generation learning. We want students to master a wide variety of content knowledge, and we also want them to be mastering 21st century competencies, including interpersonal, intrapersonal, and cognitive competencies. Next generation learning should include learning that is personalized, competency-based, online or blended, active, inquiry-based, and collaborative. And there should be a focus on inclusion or equal access for all learners to learning and the supports that are necessary. This might include social, personal, and academic supports.

In this tutorial, we introduced the term next generation learning and identified its six elements. Finally, we outlined the goals of next generation learning. So here's a chance for you to stop and reflect. Can you see the value in engaging students with techniques that should increase their potential for learning and achievement? Do you see how the features of personalized learning and competency-based instruction can blend together to create the optimal learning environment?

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 "Next Gen Approach"

(00:00 - 00:16) Introduction

(00:17 - 00:34) Definition of Next Generation Learning

(00:35 - 02:00) 6 Elements of Next Generation Learning

(02:01 - 02:41) Goals of Next Generation Learning

(02:42 - 02:53) Review

(02:54 - 03:30) Stop and Reflect

Additional Resources

Next Generation Learning: The Pathway to Possibility

This Educause document describes what next generation learning looks like in the classroom, including goals, methods, and learning environments.

Next Generation Learning Challenges

This is the official website of Next Generation Learning. This site explains next gen learning, and provides helpful resources and tools for transforming teaching practices and environments.