Over the past year, I’ve written about how educators, researchers, ed tech developers, and funders are all important to enacting TLA’s Measurement Agenda for Blended Learning to connect the research and implementation cycles and help us all understand how to best support all students in reaching their full potential. This post, the last of the...read more at original post>
At The Learning Accelerator, we recently refreshed our Blended and Personalized Learning at Work website in anticipation of attending this year’s iNACOL Symposium as a team. Both of these activities consumed all of our cognitive resources over the past several weeks, and they also got me thinking about the influence funders have over the direction, dissemination, and adoption of research, especially when educational innovations are involved. The role of funders is directly addressed in our Measurement Agenda for Blended Learning...read more at original post>
Everyone, including social scientists, is eager to highlight results that suggest an innovative education model is working for students. It might surprise you to learn, therefore, that I am excited by negative findings about blended learning (or technology-supported personalized learning)–findings that suggest interacting with technology might actually have a negative effect on student learning.
In recent years, there are two negative trends...read more at original post>
For the last few years, MVLRI & TLA have been co-hosting the preconference K-12 Research Community Meeting at iNacol. We hope to see you this year!
We have several great panels...read more at original post>
The Learning Accelerator (TLA) believes that supporting effective blended learning innovation and implementation requires effective measurement to understand outcomes and inform collective improvement. As part of our work to catalyze this measurement, TLA is piloting a one-year Fellowship to support individuals conducting research that advances our measurement agenda. Our goal is to help actors across the ecosystem (including future researchers, leaders, and educators) to work together towards the mutual goal of all students receiving an outstanding education, enabling them to reach their full potential.
We’re now excited to announce...read more at original post>
The Learning Accelerator is pleased to pilot a one-year Fellowship (fall 2017 - spring 2018) with a diverse cohort of individuals who will be conducting research that advances our measurement agenda for blended learning. Through these fellowships, we will catalyze the measurement ecosystem (including future researchers, leaders, and educators) to work together towards the mutual goal of all students receiving an outstanding education, enabling them to reach their full potential.
Our Vision for Blended Learning Measurement
The Learning Accelerator’s vision for blended learning...read more at original post>
In previous posts, I illustrated to edTech developers and educators how they can contribute to our shared understanding of if, when, and how blended learning is effective through TLA’s Measurement Agenda for Blended Learning. In this post, I focus on researchers, and how their role can be expanded out of the traditional boundaries of “evidence curation” in to dissemination, competence-building, and implementation.
Moving Evidence into Implementation
Researchers are no strangers...read more at original post>
At this year’s iNACOL symposium, there was increasing consensus around the idea that understanding the effectiveness of blended and personalized learning in different contexts can no longer be put off into the future or left to researchers and think tanks alone. Several speakers agreed that we need these answers today and a broad group of stakeholders, including educators, must play a critical role.
This is why The Learning Accelerator (TLA) recently released...read more at original post>
As the implementation of blended and personalized learning grows, questions about effectiveness are becoming relevant to more students and families, teachers, and classrooms across the nation. Researchers and think tanks cannot generate these answers alone. A broad group of stakeholders must play a critical role, and edtech developers have a unique position in their ability to both contribute to the evidence as well as drive the sector towards evidence-based implementation.
The more developers rely on and share evidence...read more at original post>
Recently, the White House hosted a Symposium on the Future of Education R&D and Digital Learning, at which 100 or so researchers came together to share with and learn from each other. The purpose of this meeting was twofold—first, to review progress made in supporting educational innovation by the outgoing administration, and second, to consider what research and development path forward would support an effective education for each and every K-12 student in America.
One of the ideas that was discussed...read more at original post>