Wk 7 email – How do you assess DL?

(This is a duplicate of the March 6 email sent to registered participants.)
Dear DLMOOC participants:

As we explore assessing deeper learning this week, we invite you to share your own experiences with this topic — How do you assess deeper learning? What assessment is most useful to you and your students? What gets in the way? Share your thoughts on G+, Twitter, or your own blog. (And any of these would be a great submission to get your Deeper Learner badge as well!)

And here are some other ways to put DLMOOC into practice for this topic:

Finally, the High Tech High Graduate School of Education is offering full fellowships in School Leadership and Teacher Leadership, some of which also include a living stipend. Fellows are immersed in a HTH school for a year, while earning their M.Ed. Priority Deadline March 10 with rolling admission after this date. Questions can be sent to: hmurugesan@hightechhigh.org. More information is available here.


Ben, Rob, Laura, Ryan, Karen, and the whole DLMOOC team

Wk 7 email – Assessing deeper learning

(This is a duplicate of the March 2 email sent to registered participants.)

Dear DLMOOC participants:,

It’s week 7 of DLMOOC, and we’re talking about assessing deeper learning. A list of the activity options for this week is available here.

We also want to let you know that High Tech High is offering a full fellowship in School Leadership! This includes a full tuition fellowship, a living stipend, a year-long immersion at a HTH school and of course, earning your M.Ed. in School Leadership in sunny San Diego, CA. Priority Deadline March 10. Questions can sent to: kwilson@hightechhigh.org. More information is available here.


Ben, Rob, Laura, Ryan, Karen, and the whole DLMOOC team


Wk 6 email – badges!

(This is a duplicate of the Feb. 27 email sent to registered participants.)


Dear DLMOOC participants:

Today we are very excited to announce BADGES! We have two deeper learning badges you can apply for: Deeper Learner and Deeper Learning Guide. More information is available here. Show us how you’ve experienced deeper learning and earn a badge!

We have a great academic mindsets assessment survey from PERTS that you can do for this week’s Put it into Practice, and there are also some new interactive video segments from Zaption to try out.

And don’t forget our panel discussion today Feb. 27 at 4:00pm PT (Los Angeles). In this session, we’ll be hearing the dilemma of teachers Matt Strand and Kevin Denton talking about what academic mindsets looks like in the classroom.


Ben, Rob, Laura, Ryan, Karen, and the whole DLMOOC team

DL badges are here!

We are very excited to announce the availability of two new deeper learning badges:Badge1
Deeper Learner

Deeper Learning Guide

You can click the links above to apply for these badges. All you have to do is submit a link to some work that shows that you experienced deeper learning through DLMOOC or that shows you helped others experience deeper learning.

Once you’ve earned a badge, you’ll be an “expert” who can review others’ submissions for the same badge. This is a model that can help connect people and build community. And after you’ve earned a badge, you can put it into your open badge backpack.

For those interested in more on badges, they are a way to represent and recognize a skill you’ve learned. Open badges, like the one’s we’ve created here, are not proprietary and are linked to some representation of work you’ve done (e.g. a blog post or a link to posts you’ve made in G+) that demonstrates the skill (e.g. deeper learning). In this way, they can be more useful than a transcript or resume, because employers or others can actually see the work that represents your skills.

And if you’d like to experiment with badges in your own learning environment, the P2PU badge creator makes it easy. I had a great time with some students last summer during which they created their own badges. (More info here.) They started by deciding what skills were really important to document. Then they defined the criteria for earning badges in the areas of their choice. Finally, they submitted and reviewed each others’ work. It was a powerful experience.