Learning Assets

Definition 

Student-facing content and media organized around big ideas, themes, core knowledge and skills. In previous years, these were often referred to as Text Sets.

Features 

  • Timely Support

Designer's Tips 

"Unfortunately, the quality and quantity of online Learning Assets at the high school level remains far less developed than what is available for younger students. Many schools and districts encourage teachers to develop their own modules, which is becoming easier with the launch of sites like those included in this collection of resources.

Explore our featured tool--""Checklist for Selecting Online Learning Assets""--to support your selection process. "

Tips for a Short Implementation Time-Line 

We suggest you begin with purchasing (or using free) a performance-based digital programs such as iLit, Educurious, Eureka or Kahn Academy. The modules/units will already exist, and they will be student-facing so that students have access anytime/anywhere and can move 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. 

Buck Institute

Description 

The Buck Institute for Education (BIE) is the "go to" site for anyone interested in project-based learning. BIE hosts a rich array of resources, including a searchable, curated database of projects suitable for use or adaptation across content areas and grade levels.

Resource Type 

  • Website

Publishing Organization 

Buck Institute for Education

Type of Organization 

  • Non-Profit

Terms 

Learning Assets

Curriculet

Description 

This tool enables teachers to customize learning assets by annotating directly on a wide range of text-based resources. Teachers can add notes, questions, and multimedia resources directly to texts.

Resource Type 

  • Website

Publishing Organization 

Curriculet

Type of Organization 

  • Non-Profit

Terms 

Learning Assets
Modules
Units

Educurious

Description 

This nonprofit provides a free blended project-based learning curriculum aligned to the Common Core State Standards. The Educurious materials are high quality and online. Their disadvantage is that they are not designed for self-paced or flexibly-paced classrooms. 

Resource Type 

  • Website

Publishing Organization 

Educurious

Type of Organization 

  • Non-Profit

Terms 

Learning Assets
Modules
Units

Eureka

Description 

This site provides curriculum tools for math, history, art, and English.

Resource Type 

  • Website

Publishing Organization 

Eureka

Type of Organization 

  • For-Profit

Terms 

Learning Assets
Modules
Units

iLIt

Description 

inspire Literacy, or iLit, is blended-learning literacy program by Pearson that emphasizes strong literacy practices such as think-alouds, vocabulary development, and independent and self-paced reading.

Resource Type 

  • Website

Publishing Organization 

Pearson

Type of Organization 

  • For-Profit

Terms 

Learning Assets
Modules
Units

Memoir Course & Module Overviews

Description 

This model performance-based course, emphasizes is organized around a set of formative and performance assessments that support students in undertaking a deep exploration of the genre of memoir. The course was designed as student-facing, so that students can move at their own pace. This link takes you to a Course Overview, the 3 Module Overviews, a Sample Lesson and a Performance Task on "Photo Writing."

Authors 

Catherine Ullman Shade, Antonia Rudenstine

Resource Type 

  • Document

Publishing Organization 

reDesign

Type of Organization 

  • reDesign

Terms 

Blended Learning
Flexibly-Paced Learning
Self-Paced Learning
Student Voice & Choice
Learning Assets
Modules
Units

Project Foundry

Description 

Project Foundry is a rich database of free resources on project-based learning, but beyond that, it provides a learning management platform specifically designed for project-based learning. The tools available on the platform are robust and can provide a foundation for designer's looking for a starting place in the design of performance tasks and projects.

Resource Type 

  • Website

Publishing Organization 

Project Foundry

Type of Organization 

  • Non-Profit

Terms 

Blended Learning
Learning Assets
Learning Management System (LMS)

ThinkCERCA

Description 

This tool for personalizing literacy instruction is built around a strategy to help students think critically, write, and read (emphasizing "close" reading) across all subjects in grades 4-12.

Resource Type 

  • Website

Publishing Organization 

ThinkCERCA

Type of Organization 

  • For-Profit

Terms 

Learning Assets
Modules
Units

WISE: Web-based Inquiry Science Environment

Description 

WISE, which stands for Web-based Inquiry Science Environment, is a research-focused, open-source inquiry-based learning management system that includes a student learning environment, project authoring environment, grading tool, and user/course/content management tools. 

Resource Type 

  • Website

Publishing Organization 

Berkeley College

Type of Organization 

  • Non-Profit

Terms 

Blended Learning
Digital Teaching Environment
Learning Assets

GooruLearning

Description 

A free tool that helps educators create topic, skills, and theme-based playlists to support students skill and content knowledge development, as well as to explore their passions and interests. Gooru Learning includes playlists and resources for each grade level and content area. Gooru Learning has merged with Activate Instruction.

Resource Type 

  • Website

Publishing Organization 

Gooru Learning

Type of Organization 

  • Non-Profit

Terms 

Playlist
Self-Directed Learning
Student Agency
Learning Assets
Modules
Units

Making Mastery Accessible: Guide to Selecting Learning Assets

Description 

Identifying or developing high-quality learning assets to support mastery learning remains challenging, particularly at the secondary level. This design guide is organized as a set of check-lists that can be used to evaluate the quality and appropriateness of online learning assets. Using the checklists will help you reflect on issues such as the appropriateness for your students' knowledge and skills, alignment with your school's competencies and standards, the existence of embedded formative and summative assessments, and the asset's progress tracking capabilities.

Authors 

Antonia Rudenstine

Resource Type 

  • Tool

Publishing Organization 

reDesign

Type of Organization 

  • reDesign

Terms 

Blended Learning
Playlist
Course Management System (CMS)
Digital Teaching Environment
Learning Assets
Learning Management System (LMS)
Scope and Sequence

Technology Enabled Personalized Learning

Description 

This report documents findings and recommendations from a 2014 summit on technology-enabled personalized learning. The challenges explored include: data; content and curriculum; technology architecture; human capacity; and research and development.

Authors 

Jill Abbott, James Basham, Steve Nordmark, Mark Schneiderman, Steve Umpstead, Kathy Walter, Mary Ann Wolf

Resource Type 

  • Report

Publishing Organization 

Friday Institute for Educational Innovation at NC State University

Type of Organization 

  • Non-Profit

Terms 

Student Information System
Blended Learning
Learner Profiles
Learning Assets
Learning Management System (LMS)
Personalized Learning