"While the traditional classroom makes it difficult to provide each individual learner with an equitable amount of time and attention, an LRM extends the time and space of the classroom to keep exploration and feedback happening 24/7."
Competency-based education is all about ensuring students are ready to take on the adult world by the time their K-12 learning experience is over. By offering students increased voice and responsibility in their education, teachers and schools provide more authentic opportunities for them to learn meaningful skills and gain important knowledge. However, this goal-oriented approach requires a high level of accountability and support to work.
That’s where Learning Relationship Management platforms (LRMs) come in. Here are three different ways LRMs support the transition toward competency-based learning:
Breaking large learning targets into hierarchies of subgoals
One of the most common pinch points when implementing competency-based education is the sheer number of skills, targets and competencies that must be tracked and eventually mastered. As students move from teacher to teacher each year, some of the most important information on their progress is invariably lost in the transition. An LRM, however, ensures that all a learner’s goals, and their documented progress toward them, are stored in one central place, making them easy to access and track throughout their entire student career.
An LRM also makes it easy to break overarching targets into subgoals, allowing teachers to clarify the curriculum in meaningful ways for each student. This feature allows learners to see which individual skills or concepts are most challenging for them while providing their teachers with opportunities for differentiation and remediation.
Allowing students to upload evidence and reflections to demonstrate mastery
Building student self-awareness and agency is a fundamental tenet of competency-based education. Under the competency-based model, students are masters of their own educational experience and must prove their mastery of concepts or goals using their academic work and personal experiences as evidence. This level of self-management simply isn’t possible for all students using the tools of the traditional classroom.
A learning relationship management platform supports this process by providing an easy-to-use interface for students to document their learning and upload supporting materials that show their work towards goals. Instead of just “turning in their homework,” students are given a place where their work samples can live forever, allowing learners to revisit them to assess and reflect upon their progress over time. This provides each learner with a holistic, real-time, “whole student” view of themselves and their education.
Providing teachers with a robust coaching interface
Competency-based learning leverages the abilities and problem-solving skills of teachers by placing them in the coaching role for each student. While the traditional classroom makes it difficult to provide each individual learner with an equitable amount of time and attention, an LRM extends the time and space of the classroom to keep exploration and feedback happening 24/7. This means teachers have a variety of different ways to check in with each student regularly, provide feedback on their work or help them develop strategies to drive achievement.
An LRM invites teachers to transform their role from group managers to individual mentors, making K-12 education a more valuable, personalized, positive experience for each and every student. It’s fair to say that no competency-based education plan is complete without an LRM to provide this transformative support.
To learn more about how LRMs connect to competency-based learning, download our free eBook "Maximizing Goal-Driven, Learner-Centered Competency Education" from the resource library.