Enable learners to progress at their own pace based on demonstrated competencies
In a Learner Demonstrated environment, learners begin at a level appropriate to their prior knowledge and learning needs; engage in productive struggle; progress at a pace that fits their learning needs; demonstrate competency when ready; demonstrate evidence of learning in multiple ways; and receive recognition based on demonstrated competency, rather than seat time.
more students earned A’s or B’s when a course was delivered with a competency-based instructional approach rather than a traditional approach.
How Do Learner Demonstrated Experiences Help Students?
The Elements of a Learner Demonstrated Experience
“Simply grouping students according to tested ability has a negative overall effect.”
- Deunk, M., Doolaard, S., Smale-Jacobse, A., & Bosker, R. J. (2015).
What Does the Research Say?
In the classroom, both students and teachers must believe that struggle is necessary and must be worked through rather than avoided. Still, a student’s struggle must be visible to the teacher so the teacher can gauge whether the student is making progress or needs more support.2
Individualized pacing–when students learn at their own pace, get regular feedback, and move forward when they are ready–improves student motivation and the belief that they can be successful learners, especially on mathematics tasks.3
1. Learner Demonstrated Element #1
Beginning at level appropriate to prior knowledge and learning needs
2. Learner Demonstrated Element #2
Engaging in productive struggle
3. Learner Focused Element #3
Progressing at a pace that fits learning needs