Jan 072012

Learning Strategies in 2012+ – RESEARCH

RESEARCH that Directly Supports Classroom and Online Sustained, Student Success, Performance Improvement Outcomes; 250 Resources, as of 01/07/17, with 100’s of Hyperlinks and Growing

Tom McDonald, McDonald Sales and Marketing, LLC., 1/6/12

learning strategies

You also may find  “Supporting Articles Validating the Urgent Need for Education Reform” Pages 1-5 interesting

Bill Brandon, in Learning Solutions Magazine, does a very nice job of identifying the new learning strategies in his 12/30/11 article

The new long term, learning model is below, with additional, supporting, documentation. Those that come closest to this new, truly personalized,  disruptive, learning model, will achieve individual, critical, learning , transfer, successful application, behavior change and adaptive reasoning skills, consistent with strategic individual/organizational objectives, in the shortest individual time possible (think differentiated instruction and differentiated reinforcement).

Those that hang on to the traditional one to many ‘sage on the stage’ approach (think event based lecture) will be left behind.

The New Long term, Learning Model:

(1)  Instructor facilitated, truly personalized, learning methodology, over time, (2) With instructor facilitated, truly personalized, reinforcement, over time, (3) In an instructor facilitated, truly personalized blended learning environment, over time,  (4) Supplemented by truly personalized learning technology.

Where individual long term, learning, = Instructor Facilitated, Appropriate:  initial understanding, ongoing reinforcement, fluency/mastery, recall (eliminating forgetting), application, stick/behavior change, in the most effective and most efficient way possible

This key question still remains:

If individual learning, of critical must know information to fluency,  in the shortest time possible, consistent with strategic organizational objectives  is the new mandate, why are we not changing to embrace the new model? Here are some possible weak reasons against change…and some strong arguments for change.

(1) I’m integrating personalized learning  and accelerated learning methodologies into my instruction…

…Spectacular! You are on the right path. Note that for affordable and scalable, differentiated instruction and differentiated reinforcement to occur (truly personalized learning), you need truly personalized learning technology. This will integrate research proven learning methodologies into your instruction as well as into your the learning software, empowering each participant with a consistent, personalized and customized learning plan, as well as individualized spacing,  pacing and reinforcement over time (customized to each individual).

(2) There are so many ‘learning technology’ choices available. I don’t know where to start…

…There are lots and lots of ‘learning technology’ choices, but you will find very few of them offer truly personalized learning technology (TPLT). Ask these questions to narrow your focus to truly personalized learning technology:  (a) Does your TPLT offer true differentiated learning and differentiated reinforcement?  (b) Does your TPLT allow for the assessment of individual student learning gaps and then create a customized learning plan for each student specific to their individual learning gaps? (c)  Does your TPLT allow you to monitor the learning progress of each individual participant? (d) Outline your TPLT individualized learning methodology. (e) Please send me the learning research theory & learning methodology that supports your TPLT learning platform. (f) Show me real examples of where your learning technology has advanced individual learning. (g) Can I see a demo of your TPLT where you demonstrate and explain your truely personalized approach?

Keep in mind that a one to many teaching methodology, (think lecture), individually delivered over cool technology, IS NOT personalized learning, nor is it truly personalized learning technology.

(3) The supporting/validating research is not there…

… This is just not the case. There is more than adequate learning research validating this new approach, including documented, real learning advances:

1. Academia

2. Academic Impressions

3.  Academy for Innovative Higher Education Leadership

4. Achieve

5. ACT

6. AdvancED

7. Affective Neuroscience Laboratory   UW Milwaukee

8. AffordableCollegesOnline.org

  • Ask if their online software platform is (1) 20th Century, factory based, traditional, one size fits all, or is (2) 21st Century, educationally innovative. Avoid the traditional one size fits all software platform

9. After School Alliance

10. Alliance for Excellent Education

11.  Alliance to Reform Education Leadership

12. Ambient Insight Research (Now named METAARI)

13. America Achieves

14. American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education

15. American Association of Community Colleges

16. American Educational Research Association (AERA)

17. American Federation for Children

18. American Institutes for Research (AIR)

19. American Journal of Psychiatry

20. Annie E. Casey Foundation

21. ASCD – Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development

22. Association of Computational and Mathematical Modeling (AoCMM)

23. Aspen Institute

24. Attendance Works

25. Australian Government Department of Education and Training

26. Australasian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education (ascilite)

27. BABSON SURVEY RESEARCH GROUP – in the Arthur M. Blank Center for Entrepreneurial Research at Babson College

28. Barksdale Reading Institute (BRI)

29. Blended Learning Institute – BLU_; Formerly The Clayton Christensen Institute

30. Bloomberg

31.  Brookings

32. Cambridge University Press

33.  Campaign for Grade Level Reading, The (Janz Ganz Cooney Center)

34. Campus Compact

35. CAPA – The Global Education Network

36. Center for Analysis of Post Secondary Education and Employment (capsee)

37. Center for Community College Student Engagement – (CCCSE)

38. Center for Data Innovation

39. Center For Digital Education

40. Center for Education Data and Research (CEDR)

41.  Center for Education Innovation (CEI) – Mississippi

42. Center for Educational Innovation (CEI) – New York City

43. Center for Education Reform

44. Center for Reinventing Public Education (CRPE)

45. Center For Secondary School Redesign (CSSR)

46. Center On International Education Benchmarking (CIEB)

47. Century Foundation

48. Chapman Alliance – Bryan Chapman

49. Chiefs of Change; Johns Hopkins School of Education & Tembo

50. Chronicle of Higher Education

51. City and Guilds

52. Clayton Christensen Institute

53. Collaborative for Academic, Social and Emotional Learning (CASEL)

54. College Board

55. Commission on the Skills of the American Workforce

56. Community College Research Center –  (CCCR),  at Columbia University

57. Competency Based Education Network (C-BEN)

58. Connected Learning Research Network, The

59. Consortium For School Networking (CoSN)

60. Council of Chief State School Officers – (CCSSO)

61. Council of Independent Colleges (CIC)

62. CREDO – Center for Research on Educational Outcomes at Stanford University

63. Data Quality Campaign

64. Deming Institute – The W. Edwards Deming Institute

65. Department for Education and Skills (DfES), The – UK

66. Digital Clarity Group

67. Digital Education Research Network – (DERN); Managed by the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER), see above

68. Digital Learning Now!

  • “10 Elements of High Quality Digital Learning”
  • “Blended Learning Implementation Guide for Schools and Districts”
    • The Guide
  • “Funding the Shift to Digital Learning: Three Strategies for Funding Sustainable High-Access Environments”
  • “Data Backpacks: Portable Records & Learner Profiles”
  • “Getting Ready for Online Assessments”
  • “The Shift from Cohorts to Competency”; An In-Depth Look at Competency-Based Education
    • The Paper
  • The second annual Digital Learning Report Card is out, grading significant policy decisions (on a state-by-state basis) which “are advancing student-centric reforms, reducing barriers to blended learning, and encouraging the use of technology to offer a more personalized college- and career-ready education.”

69.  Digital Promise

70. DJS Research

71. Driving Toward a Degree

72. Duke University

73. EdSurgeNews

74. eCampus News

Research shows 3 ways going digital improves student performance

75. EDC

76. Ed Tech Magazine

77. Edtech World Tour

  • Learning from Best Practices Around the World in Education Innovation
    • Beyond the Hype : Mapping Edtech Clusters and Creating Open-Source Resources for a Refined Understanding of the Global Ecosystem
      • What are the key components of an ecosystem that an edtech startup needs to thrive?

78. Educational Psychologist

79. Education Dive

80. Education Evolving

81. Education Northwest

82. Education Schools Project

83. Education Technology Industry Network of SIIA  (ETIN) (SIIA)

84. Education  Trust

85. Educational Psychologist

86. Education Reform Now

87. Education Research Alliance of New Orleans

88. Education Week

89. Educators4Excellence

90. Educause

91. Edutopia

92. edWeb.net

92. Epic-ed

93. eSchool News

94. Evergreen Education Group; (kpk12.com)

95. ExcelinEd

96. Facebook

97. Fast Track Project

98.  Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology

99. Fordham Institute (Thomas B. Fordham)

100. Forrester 

101. Franklin Foundation

102. Frontline Research and Learning Institute

103. Future Ready Schools Initiative

104. Gallup

105. Gates Foundation, The

106. General Assembly

107. Generation Study Abroad (Part of Institute of International Education – IIE)

108. Georgetown University

109. Georgia Institute of Technology

110. Getting Smart

111. GradeInflation.com

  • Grade Inflation at American Colleges and Universities

112. Harvard University,

113. Hechinger Report

114. HigherEd.org Portal

115. Hewlett Foundation

116. Indiana University School of Education

117. Information Technology and innovation Foundation (ITIF)

118. Innosight Institute; K-12 Blended Learning (Now the Clayton Christensen Institute)

119. Innovation Excellence

  • About
    • Online home of the global innovation community, building upon a rapidly-growing network with thousands of members from over 175 countries

120. Institute for College Access and Success

121. Institute for Higher Education Policy (IHEP)

122. Institute For Student Achievement

123. Institute for Simulation and Training (IST) @ University of Central Florida (UCF)

124.  Institutions of Higher Learning (IHL)

125. Institute of International Education – (IIE)

126. International Association for K-12 Online Learning, The (iNACOL)

127. International Society fo‘There’s No Such Thing as Average’: Todd Rose on Brain Science and the Limitations of Standardsr Technology in Education (ISTE)

128. Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR)

129. iPASS Initiative –Integrated Planning and Advising for Student Success (iPASS)

130. Jobs for the Future

131. Johns Hopkins University

132. John William Pope Center

133. Kauffman Foundation

134. Kids Hope USA

135. Learning House

136Lumina Foundation

137. Lynda

138. Massachusetts Institute of Technology

139. Mass Insight Education

140. MATHEMATICA Policy Research


142. MIDA Learning Technologies

143. Miller Center – University of Virginia

144. Mindset Works

145. Montessori

146. National Academic Advising Association (NACADA -Kansas State Universit

147. National Alliance for Public Charter Schools – (National Alliance)

148. National Association for Community College Entrepreneurship (NACCE)

149. National Association of Charter School Authorizers (NACSA)

150. National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC)

151. National Association for Community College Entrepreneurship (NACCE)

152.  National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE)

153. NASPA – Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education

154. National Bureau of Economic Research

155. National Center for Analysis of Longitudinal Data in Education Research (CALDER)

156. National Center for Policy Analysis

157. National Center on Education and the Economy (NCEE)

158. National Center for Inquiry and Improvement

159. National Center for Innovation in Education (C!E: University of Kentucky)

160. National Commission on Teaching and America’s Future (NCTAF) and ConsultEd Strategists

161. National Comprehensive Center for Teacher Quality, The (TQ Center) > GTL @ AIR

162. National Council on Teacher Quality (NCTQ)

163. National Education Policy Center (NEPC)

164. National Institute for School Leadership (NISL)

165. National Institutes of  Health

166. National School Boards Association -NSBA (NBSA Center for Public Education)

167.  National Student Clearinghouse

168. Nellie Mae Education Foundation

169. NerdWallet

170. Nesta, the London Knowledge Lab (LKL) and Learning Sciences Research Institute (LSRI), University of Nottingham

  • Decoding Learning Report; [ Nesta commissioned the London Knowledge Lab (LKL) and Learning Sciences Research Institute (LSRI), University of Nottingham, to analyse how technology has been used in the UK education systems and lessons from around the world]

171.  New America

172. New Teacher Center

173. New Tech Network

174. Nish Sonwalkar (MIT)

175. NMC Horizon (Higher Education)

176. NMC Horizon (K-12)

177. Northwestern University

178. One-to-One Institute; Project Red

179. Online Learning Consortium (OLC)

180. Overdeck Family Foundation

181. Partnership for 21st Century Learning (P21)

182. Payscale

183. Pell Institute

184. Penn State

185. Pew Research Center

186. Pokemon Go: Is it for You?

187. Politico

188. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS)

189. Project on Academic Success: Indiana University

190. Public Agenda

191. Publications

192. Programme for International Student Assessment – PISA (OECD)

193. Promethean Education Strategy Group

194.  Rand Corporation

195. Results and Resources Higher Ed and K-12

196.  Review of Economics and Statistics

197. Riley Institute Furman University

  • About
    • ” Committed to nonpartisanship in all it does and to a rhetoric-free, facts-based approach to change”

198. Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

199. Ruffalo Noel Levitz

200.  School Improvement Network

201. Science (American Association for the Advancement of Science – AAAS)

202. Science Daily

203. Science Direct

204. Sense Publishers – For Wisdom and Awareness

205. Set for College; Preparing Students for Admissions Success

206. Share Fair Nation

207. SIIA: Accelerating Innovation in Technology Data and Media

208.  Sloan Consortium, The; Now OLC

209. Speak Up and Project Tomorrow

210. Springer Publishing

211. SRI International

212. Stanford University 

213. STAR, School Technology Action Report, by eSchool Media, Inc

214. Students at the Center Hub (Research Portal)

215. Students Matter

216. Student Success – Meet VAWA and Title IX Education Requirements

217. Student Success, Teacher Success and Education Organization Success

218. Student Success Tools

Student Success: 1 of 5

Student Success: 2 of 5

Student Success: 3 of 5

Student Success: 4 of 5

Student Success: 5 of 5

219. Student Success Stories

220. Teachers and Performance Based Pay

221. Teach for America and The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching

222. teachthought; WE GROW TEACHERS

223. TED Talks

224.  Telstra

225. TemboChiefs of Change & Johns Hopkins School of Education  

226.  TES Global – TES

227. Tennessee Star Experiment

228. The Chronicle of Higher Education


229. The eLearning Coach – Connie Malamed

230. The Institute for College Access and Success

231. Third Way

232. Times Higher Education

233. Top eLearning/EdTech Influencers 2016

Top eLearning Influencers in 2016 Infographic; http://mcdonaldsalesandmarketing.biz/tom-mcdonalds-posts/; http://mcdonaldsalesandmarketing.biz/38371/sis-lms-lcms-educationally-innovative-software/; http://mcdonaldsalesandmarketing.biz/research/:

10 Most Influential People in EdTech in 2016 Infographic; http://mcdonaldsalesandmarketing.biz/tom-mcdonalds-posts/; http://mcdonaldsalesandmarketing.biz/38371/sis-lms-lcms-educationally-innovative-software/; http://mcdonaldsalesandmarketing.biz/research/:

234. Traditional Educations Traditional Arguments as to Why Traditional Education Doesn’t Work (They define these as “The Problem”)

The Real Solutions to the Real Problem of Advancing, Effective, Efficient, Consistent, Relevant, Sustained, Student Success Outcomes, that Result in Advanced, Effective, Efficient, Consistent, Relevant, Sustained Student Success, Performance Improvement Outcomes Outcomes

235. Tyton Partners

236. University Business

237. University of Brighton

238. University of California

239. University College Dublin; Geraldine O’Neill and Tim McMahon

240. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

241. University of Kansas

242. University of London – Birkbeck

243. University of Melbourne

  • Professor John Hattie
    • His influential 2008 book Visible Learning: A synthesis of over 800 Meta-Analyses Relating to Achievement is believed to be the world’s largest evidence-based study into the factors which improve student learning. Involving more than 80 million students from around the world and bringing together 50,000 smaller studies, the study found positive teacher-student interaction is the most important factor in effective teaching.

244. University of Missouri College of Education

245. University Professional and Continuing Education Association (UPCEA)

246.  University Ventures

247.  US Department of Education

248. Vanderbilt University

249. Ventureramp, Jim Brazell, CEO

  • Cyber Education: The Role of Technology in Education Transformation
  • Jim Brazell  presents why STEM (science, technology, engineering & Math), individual deep, long term, learning, transfer and application, is strategically important and makes a strong case for the need to integrate “college readiness” and “career readiness”
    • Audio ( 60 minutes+)
    • Supporting Power Point (148 slides to visually follow along to the audio)

250. Vibe Effect

251. Vignettes Learning

  • About Vignettes Learning
    • Vignettes Learning company is an elearning and technology services company. Vignettes Learning assists clients to develop and convert content to online learning, implement Learning Management Systems and learning platforms, and hosts the programs through Vignettes Learning ‘s secure web servers.

252. Waisman Center – UW Madison

253. Wallace Foundation, The

254. Walton Family Foundation

255. Waterford (PreK through 2nd grade)

256. Weiss, Craig

257. XQ The Super School Project

(4) Truly Personalized Learning Technology is not yet Available…

…This is simply not true. Truly personalized learning technology has been available  since 2000, if not sooner.

(5)  I’d like to first try this ‘new revolutionary learning approach’ I read about, or my colleague suggested, to see if I can better my learning outcomes…

…The only new learning approaches that you need to integrate, are the ones that solid learning research validate. The time for additional learning trial and error has come and gone.

‘Learning Styles’ and why you shouldn’t use them,   When it is appropriate to individually deliver instruction over ‘cool technology’

(6) I’m using our current learning technology to create your  recommended blended learning environment…

Your current ‘learning technology’, more than likely, is either a content management system/knowledge management system (place to store and access one to many word docs, videos, pdf files – not really learning technology) and/or is a traditional one to many teaching delivery system. Either way, neither is a truly personalized learning approach, using truly personalized learning technology.

(7) Individual change is difficult…

…Yes it certainly is, but we are changing all of the time, in other chosen circumstances, to better our strategic outcomes. Aren’t we supposed to be focused on the learner and organizational strategic outcomes?

(8) I have no positive or negative incentive to change…

…Really? Your only motivation to make things better is outside motivation? What happened to your internal desire to make things better, simply because you can? Isn’t our focus on the learner and advanced learning outcomes, consistent with strategic organizational objectives?

(9) I’m not an early adopter. I’ll wait until the new learning approach has been specifically proven to advance learning  in my defined world, possibly with one of my colleagues first…

…You want proven benefits delivered to you this way? Learning is learning. Advanced individual learning effectiveness and efficiency, with critical must know information, is bettered individual learning outcomes in any environment.  There is ample, available, market proof that individual learning outcomes are advanced with this new personalized learning  approach. Why not see for yourself what you are missing, as well as what your learners are missing?

(10) I don’t know how to…

…This is a realistic statement for anything new. You first  need to read and understand everything you can about personalized learning, personal learning environments and the learning theory research that validates/verifies their effectiveness. You will then become an knowledgeable advocate. Learning technology providers, learning consultants and your innovative colleagues, can help you transition from the old teaching model to the new learning model.

Have I missed any other reasons to not change to the new learning model, along with parallel supporting arguments for change?

Please let me know. Tom



Tom McDonald, tsm@centurytel.net; 608-788-5144; Skype: tsmw5752

learning strategies, McDonald Sales and Marketing, LLC