Anywhere-Anytime Learning

Definition 

This term refers to the belief that legitimate (i.e. "credit-bearing") and effective learning can and should occur at any time and in any place. Extended learning opportunities are those that require that educators, families and students will seek learning opportunities beyond the schoolhouse walls. These can include enrollment in post-secondary classes and programs, online opportunities, real-world experiences such as internships, and/or areas of study defined and pursued by learners. Also referred to Anywhere-Anytime Learning.

Features 

  • Personalization

Designer's Tips 

"This is an aspect of mastery learning that is relatively undeveloped in the field. Most programs still rely, almost exclusively, on brick-and-mortar schools as the context for student learning, even when schools are located within communities rich in resources. Breaking outside of the school-house walls is a complicated process for district schools, but it's an essential component of providing students with ""agency"" and ""voice and choice"" (see definitions) about aspects of their learning experience. To begin with, schools might Pursue waivers from the district to allow credit to be given to students already engaged in activities outside of school: the church choir, a regular sports team, a musical instrument, etc. As the school become more stable and benefits from some economies of scale, develop a robust set of partnerships that students can tap into to pursue their own interests. Over time, you can build playlists and upload learning assets and student-facing curriculum that students can undertake.

Explore our featured Slideshow and tool--""Creative Scheduling & Grouping Plans” and “Schedule & Calendar Prototyping Tool""--to begin working on a design to support the design of anywhere-anytime learning systems."

Tips for a Short Implementation Time-Line 

Begin with digital learning opportunities. Provide students with home-based technology so that they can undertake their own learning. Find adaptive software programs that students can work with to fill in gaps in skills and understanding. Another option is to use an off-the-shelf curricullum such as Eureka or Edgenuity, that students can undertake at their own pace.

Curated Resources: This collection of resources from the field includes models and exemplars, as well as “DIY” guidance to facilitate your exploration of this term. 

NH Definition of Extended Learning Opportunities

Description 

New Hampshire is committed to providing students Extended Learning Opportunities, or ELO's, which are opportunities to learn outside of brick-and-mortar schools. This site details the state's definition and expectations for ELO's. Designers of mastery learning systems will find their "Four Components of A Rigorous ELO" (research, reflection, product, and presentation) a good starting point for developing performance-based assessments of extended learning.

Resource Type 

  • Website

Publishing Organization 

New Hampshire Department of Education

Type of Organization 

  • Government Organization

Terms 

Learning Opportunities - Extended
Anywhere-Anytime Learning
Asynchronous Learning
Self-Directed Learning
Student-Centered Learning

The Growing Convergence of Community Schools & Expanded Learning Opportunities

Description 

This is a study that reports on efforts to undertake expanded learning opportunities, or ELO's, in community schools. It describes different types of partnerships and relationships in an effort to provide districts and schools with concrete examples of work that is underway. 

Authors 

Reuben Jacobson, Shama Jamal, Linda Jacobson, Martin Blank

Resource Type 

  • Report

Publishing Organization 

Institute for Educational Leadership, Coalition of Community Schools

Type of Organization 

  • Non-Profit

Terms 

Anywhere-Anytime Learning
Asynchronous Learning
Self-Directed Learning
Student-Centered Learning

The Promise of Extended Learning Opportunities: New, Powerful and Personalized Options for High School Students

Description 

This blog post describes both the promise and the challenges inherent in making extended learning opportunities (ELO's) a central component of learning in preparation for career and college. At present ELAO' are primarily add-ons, hamstrung by the laws, policies, and practices that preserve the status quo.

Authors 

Nicholas Donohue

Resource Type 

  • Blog Post

Publishing Organization 

The Expanded Learning and Afterschool Project

Type of Organization 

  • Non-Profit

Terms 

Anywhere-Anytime Learning
Asynchronous Learning
Self-Directed Learning
Student-Centered Learning

Catching a Glimpse into the Future of Learning

Description 

What is 'radical personalization'? This infographic, which leaders can use to inspire and to challenge stakeholders, presents a futuristic vision into a 'learning ecosystem in which learning adapts to each child instead of each child trying to adapt to school.'

Resource Type 

  • Infographic

Publishing Organization 

KnowledgeWorks

Type of Organization 

  • Non-Profit

Terms 

Anywhere-Anytime Learning

Central Falls High School: Extended Learning Opportunities

Description 

Expanded Learning Opportunities, also known as Extended Learning Opportunities or ELO's, provide students with the chance to design their own learning. Educators seeking to create systems to support ELO's will find helpful this collection of resources from Central Falls High School, part of an urban district in Rhode Island.

Resource Type 

  • School-Developed Resources

Publishing Organization 

Central Falls High School

Type of Organization 

  • School or District

Terms 

Learning Outcomes
Anywhere-Anytime Learning
Asynchronous Learning
Self-Directed Learning

Next Generation Learning: Extended Learning Opportunities

Description 

Beginning with the provocative question, 'Does your brain only work when your butt is in a chair?', this brief video makes a case for personalized learning. Created by the Colorado Education Initiative, it could be used by designers or leaders to introduce the big ideas behind personalization to stakeholders.

Resource Type 

  • Video

Publishing Organization 

Colorado Education Initiative

Type of Organization 

  • Non-Profit

Terms 

Learning Outcomes
Anywhere-Anytime Learning
Asynchronous Learning
Self-Directed Learning
Student-Centered Learning

A Peek Inside Summit's Personalized Learning Software

Description 

This article provides a guided tour of the student-facing software Summit Public Schools uses to manage all aspects of their Personalized Learning Plans (PLP) for students, from content delivery to assessment to reporting. In addition, you will find an in-depth look at how teachers and students use the PLP and supporting resources. This resource is especially helpful to designers thinking about how to make performance data available to students in an empowering and powerful way. 

Authors 

Alex Hernandez

Resource Type 

  • Blog Post

Publishing Organization 

EdSurge

Type of Organization 

  • Non-Profit

Terms 

Grade Composition
Grade Reports
Promotion Plan
Anywhere-Anytime Learning
Blended Learning
Self-Directed Learning

Maine Dept. of Education Center for Best Practice

Description 

The Maine Center for Best Practice houses a curated collection of case studies, videos, and other resources drawn from schools across Maine.

Resource Type 

  • Website

Publishing Organization 

Maine Department of Education

Type of Organization 

  • Government Organization

Terms 

Student Information System
Learning Opportunities - Extended
Anywhere-Anytime Learning
Student Voice & Choice