Graduate Aims Database: How might we design learning environments to cultivate specific learner outcomes?
Note: This section of Transcend links to an external site and requires users to submit their name and email address.
As a follow-up to last Month’s highlighted Must Read, Defining Graduate Aims by Transcend Education, this component of Transcend’s model is a deeper way to understand the meaning behind developing the graduate aims, and includes measurement methods, as well as learning resources that can support students’ achievement in that specific area. In particular, Transcend focuses on six graduate aims domains, each of which are published in a document that is thoughtfully organized and easily understood. The six domains are:
- Empathy: A Social Emotional Factor
- Purpose: A Social Emotional Factor
- Agency: A Global Competency
- Critical Consciousness: A Global Competency
- Self-Regulation: A Social Emotional Factor
- Self-Awareness: A Social Emotional Factor
This is a fabulous resource that can support schools from start (defining the aims, or mastery credits) to finish (measurement tools to determine students’ attainment of each mastery credit area) in the creation of learning environments to support students’ holistic development.
What’s Happening with Competency-Based Transcripts and Rethinking College Admissions in the United States? from iNACOL
This article from June 2018 seeks to highlight the efforts across the country (including MTC’s efforts) to redesign the manner in which student learning and performance is communicated to colleges and employers. The writers describe the current landscape related to higher education’s acceptance of alternative forms of documenting students’ learning and growth during their time in high school, citing efforts being made by MTC, the Great Schools Partnership and the New England Secondary School Consortium, and other organizations across the country. The authors also include many resources for further exploration around documenting student learning in competency-based systems.