At EdBooks, we use a common learning-progression model in each of our lessons and repeat a variation of the same model in each of the Concept Pages within a Lesson. Our goal in doing this is to reinforce and scaffold the learning process at every level and to ensure that our Lessons function as stand-alone learning components that don’t lose any of their core learning integrity when re-sequenced or customized.
The EdBooks Learning Progression Model
Contextualization: Establish a context for lesson concepts before transmitting them in full detail. Help students answer the “Why” question. “Why is this information important in today’s world?”
Elaboration: Answer the “What” question. “What are the specific concepts students need to understand so that they can begin applying them on their own?” Provide a broad range of perspectives, both from expert sources as well as via community conversation.
Relevance: Help students find motivation for internalizing and applying information in a way that will lead to mastery. Facilitate the exploration of lesson concepts and their deeper/broader implications.
Agency: Transition learners to a position of taking personal ownership of lesson concepts and to applying the information in ways that are personally relevant.
Mastery: Give learners an opportunity to demonstrate an applied synthesis of what they have learned.
Our goal is to follow and reinforce this learning progression in each of our EdBooks Lessons. We begin each Lesson with material that contextualizes students and prepares them for the material being presented. In other words, we give students information “pegs” on which they can hang our content before presenting Lesson concepts formally. Throughout the learning process, our goal is to provide a context for information, present and elaborate the information, and then help students identify with the information personally. This enables them to apply the information in a meaningful way and to move toward mastery.
EdBooks Stackable LessonsTM Pages
To optimize the learning experience, we also mirror this same learning progression model in each of our lesson pages. We can see how this is applied in the outline below.
Contextualization: Contextualization begins with the way we present our lesson pages. We work to orient learners by signaling where they are in the mediabook, how far they have progressed, and how they can navigate. We also provide up-front information to help them manage their time. The default presentation of the page shows the Overview text but keeps other page sections collapsed. This gives students a quick, visual sense of the lesson content and progression.The opening Inquire section takes the form of a brief overview and reflection, which allow students to create their own individual contexts for the information we’re sharing with them in the lesson.
Elaboration: Having provided an initial contextualization or, as I like to say, having given learners some pegs to hang things on, we can now begin presenting or elaborating the core information related to the lesson concept. We begin this phase with an overview “bridge,” in which we use a short video to provide a high-level view of the lesson information. This medium allows us to continue contextualizing the student while, at the same time, providing a succinct introduction to core lesson information. Our videos contain robust text signaling, as well as downloadable transcripts, to ensure study efficiency. We also work to scaffold in our Big Question for the lesson.
We continue the elaboration phase with a textual reading, in which we provide explanations of concept components, as well as definitions for all key terms.
Relevance: Having contextualized learners and then presented core information that aligns within that context, we now shift to helping the learner think about lesson information in a way that has personal significance. This emphasis on relevance begins with our Reflect section, in which we present a low-stake poll that ties back to the Big Question. Our goal here is tp ove the learner to share a personal opinion or feeling about the lesson information.
This process continues in our Expand section. This section provides an expanded explanation of core lesson ideas and shifts the discussion toward personal application.
Agency: Now that learners have begun to see the personal applicability of our information, we encourage them to take ownership and apply it to their personal situation. We accomplish this through our Explore section, in which learners are invited to explore the lesson concept beyond the boundaries of the lesson and begin creating a personal context for it.
Mastery: The final step in each lesson page is to help students demonstrate their understanding of lesson information. In this step, we use the Discuss section to encourage learners to provide evidence of understanding within their learning community. We also provide a “Check My Progress” feature to allow learners to self-check their retention of key definitions and explanations.
Our goal, with each EdBooks lesson, is to provide a learning environment that guides students from a point of initial inquiry or reflection all the way to personal ownership of concept information and a demonstration of mastery or understanding. We achieve this by using and reinforcing the same learning progression in each product lesson.