Announcing Our New Competency-Based Geometry Course!

The Hekademia math department has been working hard! Our team of math teachers and instructional designers recently launched a new online, competency-based Geometry course that will be be available for schools to pilot in the summer and fall of 2016!  Like our other math and English courses, Geometry is aligned to individual state standards, as well as … Continue reading Announcing Our New Competency-Based Geometry Course!

Top 5 Blogs on Competency-Based Education

It’s been a full year since Hekademia began producing weekly blog posts on issues relating to education policy, competency-based learning, and ideas for the virtual classroom.  Thank you for reading and commenting along the way!  We’re excited to be a part of the growing community for competency-based education. To mark the occasion, we’ve pulled the top … Continue reading Top 5 Blogs on Competency-Based Education

Algorithms Are Only As Intelligent As the Humans Behind Them.

Automated learning pathways are currently a hot topic in discussions on education because those pathways have the potential to personalize learning and provide timely intervention for students.  With automated pathways, also known as adaptive learning, the instruction changes based on the students’ current levels of understanding. In some cases, adaptive learning is teacher-directed. In this … Continue reading Algorithms Are Only As Intelligent As the Humans Behind Them.

Motivation Matters

The question of how we can motivate students to learn and stay in school is as old as formal education itself. Motivation isn’t just a necessary skill for education, it’s also a character trait that leads to success in later life–professionally in our careers, personally in our relationships with those around us, and generally speaking, … Continue reading Motivation Matters

Redesigning Learning for Learners

Teachers have long understood Socratic instruction to mean that the teacher asks questions and the student answers, learning through further questions and mentorship. However, as John Smallwood reminds us, those who use the term “Socratic” can forget that such teaching takes place in the form of dialogues, often in a one-on-one situation. Today’s online teaching … Continue reading Redesigning Learning for Learners

Rethinking Failure in Competency-Based Education

Failure, in one way or another, can seem unavoidable. The experience can take on different meanings for each of us, but the fear behind it is something we all share. Recently I watched a Ted talk from Diana Laufenberg. She’s an 11th grade American History teacher in Wisconsin. Diana passionately explains in her ten-minute talk … Continue reading Rethinking Failure in Competency-Based Education

Competency Education and the Equity Agenda

Equity and social justice are central to my teaching philosophy and have been since my early experiences as a teacher in a low-income school in Ottawa. I had, perhaps naively, believed that I could change the world through teaching, but instead, I was left with lingering doubts about the my school’s ability to address wider … Continue reading Competency Education and the Equity Agenda

The 4 Guiding Elements of Competency Design at Hekademia

We have discovered that there really isn’t one, single prescribed approach to competency-based education. States, schools, content providers, and many others are interested in developing and implementing competency-based education. Understandably, each of these providers will have unique approaches to the pedagogy. The discrepancies that arise often result in disagreements as to what the process should … Continue reading The 4 Guiding Elements of Competency Design at Hekademia

Adaptive Competency eLearning: Self-Paced Learning at its Best

What is Adaptive Competency eLearning? Adaptive: the learning environment (or technology) responds to the student’s level of understanding and directs them to the content that will help them make connections. Competency: students must demonstrate that they are competent in each standard in order to move to the next module of study (an understanding of 75% … Continue reading Adaptive Competency eLearning: Self-Paced Learning at its Best