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Educational Trends 2016

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There are many educational trends. This presentation only focuses on four: adaptive learning, event-based learning, competency-based education and metacognitive learning. It was part of a session at the University of Northampton.

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Educational Trends 2016

  1. 1. Educational Trends Brenda Cecilia Padilla Rodríguez May 4, 2016
  2. 2. Some trends… Adaptive Learning Event-Based Learning Competency- Based Education Metacognitive Approach to Learning Educational Trends, May 2016 2
  3. 3. Adaptive Learning: What is it? Educational Trends, May 2016 3 • Best in hybrid and online learning environments, where students can be monitored by software and tracking Data-driven approach to learning, which adjusts to learners’ interactions and performance
  4. 4. Adaptive Learning: Who is using it? • The Adaptive Learning Market Acceleration Grant Program (Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation) provides grants to study adaptive learning platforms in over 20 courses through different pedagogical approaches. Educational Trends, May 2016 4 eAdvisor (Arizona State University, USA) iLime (Universidad Internacional de La Rioja, Spain) Adaptive learning LMS (University of Phoenix, USA) E2Coach (University of Michigan, USA)
  5. 5. Adaptive Learning: Why is it relevant? • Personalised learning o One size does NOT fit all. • Improve graduation rates and identify students at risk of dropping out • Having access to analytics has a positive impact on learning (87% of college students, n= 2,600) Educational Trends, May 2016 5
  6. 6. Event-Based Learning: What is it? Educational Trends, May 2016 6 • Based on the idea that events, such as births, weddings, religious holidays and festivals, shape our personal and national histories Learning activities that run over a series of days and create a memorable sense of occasion
  7. 7. Event-Based Learning: Who is using it? Educational Trends, May 2016 7 Knowledge-building events: Bioblitzes People that carry out a biological survey of an area within a short period of time Community event: Scratch Days Users meet up locally to collaborate on programming projects, share and have fun Media-led learning event: Stargazing Live by the BBC television, focused on astronomy and planetary science ?? Glasgow Caledonian ‘Games On’: Open online 3-week event with themes related to the 2014 Commonwealth Games or Glasgow, and Twitter activities
  8. 8. Event-Based Learning: Why is it relevant? Educational Trends, May 2016 8 • Focus that provides learners something concrete to work towards, together with a sense of personal engagement and excitement • Encounters between amateurs and experts • Potential to engage millions of people • Possibility of making significant additions to the body of knowledge
  9. 9. Competency-Based Education: What is it? Educational Trends, May 2016 9 • Academic credits are awarded for specific skills and thus allow for more flexible and personalised degrees Approach to learning and teaching more often used in learning concrete skills than in abstract learning
  10. 10. Flexible Option (University of Wisconsin, USA) CBE Model (Lipscomb University, USA) FlexPath (Capella University, USA) Deakin Hallmarks (Deakin University, Australia) Competency-Based Education: Who is using it? Educational Trends, May 2016 10
  11. 11. Competency-Based Education: Why is it relevant? Educational Trends, May 2016 11 • Recognition of informal and non-formal learning • Increased access to formal education for non- traditional students • Reduced student workload • Opportunities for undirected activities outside the classroom to become part of schoolwork
  12. 12. Metacognitive Learning: What is it? Educational Trends, May 2016 12 • It includes activities such as planning, monitoring comprehension and evaluating progress. Approach that fosters higher order thinking involving active control over the cognitive processes engaged in learning
  13. 13. Metacognitive Learning: Who is using it? Educational Trends, May 2016 13 Exam Wrappers (Queen’s University, Canada) Reflective Journals (University of Brasov, Romania) Muddiest Point (San Francisco State University, USA) Pre-assessments (Virginia State University, USA)
  14. 14. Metacognitive Learning: Why is it relevant? Educational Trends, May 2016 14 • Focus on knowing how to learn • Better learning outcomes • Adjusted teaching strategies • Ability to analyse personal strengths, weaknesses and study strategies that work (or not)
  15. 15. Activity: Trends in Practice • Objective o Analyse an example of one of the educational trends (adaptive learning, event-based learning, competency-based education or metacognitive approach to learning). • Task o Select the trend you want to work with. o Find an example of an institution that is applying the trend (you can use one mentioned in this presentation). o Describe this example considering the following questions: • What is the initiative about? • What are the main challenges that arose during implementation? • What are the results of this initiative? o Share with other students in your team. Educational Trends, May 2016 15

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