How might we re-visualize learning?


During World Cup Russia 2018, FiveThirtyEight ran a piece comparing players in this tournament to some of the all-time greats.

To visualize each player's performance, they divided player performance into four quadrants--Defense, Attack, Passing & Dribbling, and Other--each of which subdivides into discrete skills. This is a far more nuanced and useful way of thinking about an individual player's skill as well as what he contributes to his team.

This visualization of soccer excellence mirrors one possible model for a mastery transcript in education.


 One concept model for an educational mastery transcript, produced by the  Mastery Transcript Consortium .

One concept model for an educational mastery transcript, produced by the Mastery Transcript Consortium.


In our Age of Accelerating Change, the usefulness of a "stuff you know" transcript has a short half-life. (I mean this literally: check out Samuel Arbesman's excellent The Half Life of Facts).

So then how might we re-visualize learning to reflect the learning that will help our students to lead in a VUCA (volatile, uncertain, complex, ambiguous) world?

I would love to see things like "learns how to learn," "asks superior questions," and "collaborates" on such a re-visualization.

What else might we include in a re-visualization of learning?

In a VUCA world, the stakes couldn't be higher.

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