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Research is on the rise as experts work to discover the most effective ways to bring blended, personalized, and mastery-based learning practices into K-12 classrooms. Implementing evidence-based practices requires multiple stakeholders to take coordinated action, utilizing the knowledge and skills of researchers, education practitioners, administrators, and others from diverse roles across school systems and support organizations. Doing what’s best for students necessitates good research and measurement practice.

The innovative nature of blended learning requires researchers to take an applied view around generating evidence, and implementers must be proactive about seeking the answers they need to do their jobs. Both groups also need to ensure that their expectations for evidence match the maturity of implementation and the length of time required to find some answers. To learn more about measuring blended learning, view our presentation and explore measurement-related Insights from the TLA team, practitioners, and other experts in the field.

Blended Learning Measurement Agenda

The Learning Accelerator has developed a “measurement agenda” which outlines the skills, knowledge, and activities necessary for stakeholders to build our evidence base and advance our collective understanding of blended learning’s effectiveness. The strategies contained in this agenda are primarily focused on the teaching and learning happening at the classroom or school level, and the four parts fit together like puzzle pieces to complete the picture of evidence.

These strategies were developed in partnership with multiple stakeholder organizations.

Four colorful diamond shapes form one large square. The top reads Learning, offset by text that reads: Learning agenda — new things we still need to learn. Another diamond reads Dissemination, offset by text that reads Dissemination goals: What and how we need to share. The bottom diamond reads Competence, offset by text that says: Competency standards: Skills we still need to develop. The final diamond reads Implementation, offset by text that reads Implementation objectives: What we need to do.

Measurement Learning Agenda

The measurement learning agenda outlines strategies that enable us to generate evidence for decision-making and implementation, and include data and questions from practice in the generation of new evidence.

Some of the conditions that enable the Measurement Learning Agenda to be achieved, include:

  • educators using data to make instructional decisions, and contributing data to generate evidence; along with

  • researchers taking an applied view of research, and using a research-to-practice framework for understanding what is and isn’t working for teaching and learning in classrooms.

Support and demand for the generation of evidence from other stakeholders like funders, decision-makers, and members of the community and industry is also crucial for enabling different research designs, measures, and methods to be used to move beyond exploratory and descriptive studies as much as possible, ensuring an increase in the level of confidence we have in findings (internal validity); answering more sophisticated questions about cause and effect (rigor); and generating findings that are applicable to broader classrooms and contexts (external validity).

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  • Sub-topics
    • Existing evidence
    • Generating knowledge
    • Understanding implementation

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