Thursday, December 2, 2010

The 10 Elements of High-Quality Digital Learning

The Digital Learning Council has just released the “10 Elements of High-Quality Digital Learning” which recommends major changes to state education policy that include eliminating seat-time requirements, making a move to competency based learning and assessment, reconsidering funding and tools we provide students for example, funding and providing infrastructure for the real tools of the 21st century for those without access i.e. netbooks rather than textbooks, internet for all, and harnessing the power of tools students already own such as cell phones.

I’m admittedly concerned about who’s behind the council, headed by former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and former West Virginia Gov. Bob Wise, (when did politicians become education experts???) but upon first review the elements seem to make sense. Here they are:

10 Elements of High Quality Digital Learning
  1. Student Eligibility: All students are digital learners.
  2. Student Access: All students have access to high quality digital content and online courses.
  3. Personalized Learning: All students can customize their education using digital content through approved provider.
  4. Advancement: Student progress based on demonstrated competency.
  5. Content: Digital content, instructional materials, and online and blended learning courses are high quality.
  6. Instruction: Digital instruction and teachers are high quality.
  7. Providers: All students have access to multiple high quaility providers.
  8. Assessment and Accountability: Student learning is the metric for evaluating the quality of content and instruction.
  9. Funding: Funding creates incentives for performance, options and innovation.
  10. Delivery: Infrastructure supports digital learning.
For the full report visit 10 Elements of High-Quality Digital Learning.

If you want to get involved, visit a national campaign to advance policies that will create a high quality digital learning environment to better prepare students with the knowledge and skills to succeed in college and careers.

1 comment:

  1. You're right to be concerned as it's all about profits. See bullet point #4 under the 2nd heading (link below). I found your post thru google; was wondering what an AZ senator (my state) had to offer regarding education as we're on the bottom of the heap. Anyways, ALEC is an organization whereby corporations and republican legislators cook up new laws to benefit themselves.