On Tuesday we co-hosted OpenBlend, a blended learning conference with the Tacoma Public Schools and the Puget Sound Educational Service District (PSESD) featuring a full-day track of Khan Academy workshops as well as other innovative and open tools.
Khan Academy is known for its 3,100 instruction videos, but the full day series of workshops made it apparent that they are developing sophisticated examples of three key drivers to personalized and mastery-based learning:
Knowledge maps: a picture of what to learn
Customizable playlists: how to learn; and Show what you know: badges that recognize achievement.
A district administrator at the conference asked me how to get students to take more responsibility for learning. My response, make learning objectives clear and engage students in goal setting, give them choices about how to learn, and let them know how they can show what they know. Three drivers--maps, playlists, and badges--build agency and give students an opportunity to take ownership of their learning.
Just to be clear, I think playlists should include many different kinds of learning experiences and achievement recognition systems (badges and the like) should reflect multiple forms of assessment.