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CBL: From Content-Driven to Skills-Driven

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    About the Course

    At the heart of competency-based learning is the belief that school should prepare students to succeed in college, career, and life. In a modern world where content shifts and multiplies quickly, what students know has become less important than what they can do with that knowledge and how they approach gaining new knowledge. We should be intentional in our selection and curation of content to develop academic skills, social and emotional learning skills, and that we emphasize skills and teach content in ways that underscore the importance of diversity, equity, and inclusion.

    We should ask ourselves, What are the skills that matter to college, career, and life? What is the relevance of the content I teach to those skills? How might I (and my students) make choices about which content students learn and how they learn it so they are building those transferable skills?

    In this course, you will:

    • Familiarize yourself with the basic goal of competencies (transfer) and some criteria for writing excellent competencies that define learning experiences.
    • Investigate examples of competency architectures to familiarize yourself with the way other schools and learning organizations approach articulating skills as learning targets.
    • Work quickly through the three stages of articulating essential skills, including writing a competency, brainstorming learning outcomes, and designing rubrics.
    Images of six badges for GOA's competency-based learning series.

    GOA has articulated five shifts for educators who want to adopt competency-based learning. Our Competency-Based Learning Series covers those five essential shifts and offers badges to certify teachers.

    Earn Digital Badges

    Participants will be awarded a digital badge upon the successful completion of this course. The badge is a digital artifact that demonstrates accomplishment and can be shared in many places – across social media, in an email signature, or even on a web-based resume. More details on GOA badges in competency-based learning will be announced during each course. Completion of all five courses in our series makes participants eligible to receive our Competency-Based Learning series badge.

    About the Competency-Based Learning Series

    For nearly a decade, GOA has been developing high-quality, passion-based online courses. In 2016, we adopted competency-based learning (CBL) because we realized that, when taken together, online learning and CBL add up to something even stronger: a vision for learning that ensures students do cognitively complex work that matters to them, wherever and whenever that learning might happen.

    The purpose of the Competency-Based Learning series is to guide educators in translating the theoretical underpinnings of CBL into sustainable classroom practices. Each course will prepare educators for the shifts that occur in competency-based learning classrooms and schools.

    Although this is designed for educators who may be in schools that have already embraced competency-based learning, the courses in this series are designed to be applicable to any CBL-inspired classrooms and curriculum. You do not need to be an educator in a “CBL school” to join these courses.

    Following a discover, explore, and apply framework, each course is one week long and will have participants learning alongside colleagues from other schools. Participants will leave with practical, tangible work products that can be applied directly to their practice, whether teaching in online, in-person, or in hybrid learning environments this year.

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