Educator Courses

CBL: From Lessons to Experiences

  • Dates

    November 9 - 13, 2020
  • Cost for members

    Free
  • Cost for non-members

    $150

    About the Course

    While much concerning the future of our global society remains uncertain, one thing remains clear: the uncertainty demands that we equip our students with the ability to learn and adapt quickly in a variety of contexts. Answering the question of “What do you know?” is no longer sufficient to ensure students are prepared for life beyond the classroom. “How do you apply and create with what you know?” are the new table stakes and to get students to that point, we need to create opportunities for students to develop and practice cognitive and noncognitive skills aligned to relevant content.

    The idea behind making the shift from “lessons” to “learning experiences” is to rethink your approach to your day-to-day classroom planning and practice. Instead of viewing curriculum as a checklist, how might you reframe your approach to the classroom to create an immersive experience that replicates what the work of your discipline might look like in a professional, real world, authentic context? What might it mean to select relevant content? How might you use the skills you’ve identified as essential to inform your selection of relevant, meaningful content? How might you create the circumstances and conditions that provide students with the opportunity to produce high-quality work? At the core of making the shift from “lessons” to “learning experiences” is the fundamental principle that students will be empowered to have a voice and choice in how they learn and how they can transfer their learning and understandings to new contexts.

    In this course, you will:

    • Dive into readings on the conditions necessary to promote deeper learning in schools.
    • Act as a CBL anthropologist and observe a non-school learning environment to expand your vision for how, when, and where learning can happen.
    • Create an immersive learning experience with a robust formative and summative assessment architecture.

    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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