Tools for Scaling Best Practices: Windows, Bridges and Roadmaps
Our last two articles (here and here) explored the scaling of Work-Study Practices (WSPs, a.k.a., deeper learning competencies) in New Hampshire, the growth of this education innovation in the state and the role of a statewide, nonprofit intermediary, the New Hampshire Learning Initiative (NHLI) as a scaling agent.
There is another driver of scale observed by JFF staff: a competency-based learning relationship management (LRM) platform hosted by Motivis Learning and customized with leadership from NHLI and input from educators involved in the state’s Performance Assessment for Competency-based Education (PACE) system.
Many educators are familiar with learning management systems (LMS) like Blackboard, Canvas and Google Classroom. These systems help support the online delivery and management of individual courses for instructors and learners. Like these other LMS’s, the Motivis Learning platform incorporates key functions such as content modules, grade books and assessment tools.
Because our scaling model is largely invitational and dependent on the spread of social networks that draw people into the work, NHLI was particularly interested in the platform’s ability to enhance social relationships and social learning into its design. This feature allowed NHLI to support teachers in districts across the state to jointly create performance tasks while keeping key competencies, content standards, and task development tools and resources in reach.
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