Quaker Valley and Carnegie Mellon University will host a panel discussion on a self-directed learning experiences initiative, and a research-based codesign process to develop a suite of tools aimed at fostering documentation practices and evidence gathering for a creative inquiry process. A digital documentation kit was deployed to students to gather evidence of microcredentials that could be added to transcripts.
Designed to foster talent development in areas of students’ personal strengths and interests, the self-directed learning (SDL) experience is crafted by each student after analysis of individualized data produced on various learning styles and interest inventories. The designed experiences are highly individualized and require students to focus on developing, practicing, and documenting portable skills such as goal setting, time management, initiative, communication, problem-solving, and perseverance. The traditional graded assessment has been remade into the awarding of micro-credentials recorded on students’ transcripts and is based on the documented learning process and evidence of skill attainment versus the development of a product. Educators recognize the value of employability/21st century skills but they are rarely explicitly taught in high school. Our students are learning to notice, name, and most importantly communicate the process by which experiences translate into new competencies.
Presentation (20 minutes): The research-practice partnership between Quaker Valley High School and Carnegie Mellon University will provide a short overview of the self-directed learning experiences initiative, and a research-based codesign process to develop a suite of tools aim at fostering documentation practices and evidence gathering for microcredentials during a creative inquiry process. We present the digital documentation kit designed and deployed to students, and preliminary findings from research, and the response to COVID-19 pandemic conditions.
Q & A Session (40 minutes)
The panel conversation will allow participants in the session to pose questions of interest to the interdisciplinary team. The following will be available for the Q&A:
Linda Conlon, Secondary Academic Specialist, Quaker Valley High School
Amy Keller, Career Education Coordinator, Quaker Valley High School
Ricky Chen, Student, School of Design, Carnegie Mellon University
Miranda Luong, Student, School of Design, Carnegie Mellon University
Talia Stol, Research Associate, Learning Research & Development Center, University of Pittsburgh
Marti Louw, Director, Learning Media Design Center, Human Computer Interaction Institute, Carnegie Mellon University
Daragh Byrne, Associate Teaching Professor, School of Architecture, Carnegie Mellon University
This work is supported by a National Science Foundation Award (#1736189): ‘Smart Spaces for Making: Networked Physical Tools to Support Process Documentation and Learning’