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Case Studies in Continuous Educational Improvement

Learn about leading approaches to continuous educational improvement through case studies of educational innovation.

Case Studies in Continuous Educational Improvement

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Starts Jul 28
Ends Aug 31
Starts Jul 28
Estimated 8 weeks
2–4 hours per week
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About this course

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With principles of improvement science as a foundation, new knowledge about the continuous improvement of educational innovations is rapidly emerging among communities of educational professionals and researchers, as they work together in new ways to solve practical problems, improve student performance, and reduce achievement gaps.

Developed in collaboration with the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, this course will use case studies to take learners deep into the design, organization, and management of three innovative approaches to large-scale, practice-focused continuous improvement that have currency in the US and abroad:

  • Design-Based Implementation Research
  • Implementation Science
  • Networked Improvement Communities

For each case, learners will use logics of innovation to analyze the central strategy of each approach, and they will use principles of improvement science to analyze how each uses disciplined methods to address practical problems faced by teachers and leaders.

This course is part of the Leading Educational Innovation and Improvement MicroMasters Program offered by MichiganX.

At a glance

  • Institution: MichiganX
  • Subject: Education & Teacher Training
  • Level: Advanced
  • Prerequisites:

    Working knowledge of schools and education systems as well as the political, policy, and public pressures to improve educational opportunities and outcomes for all students.

What you'll learn

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  • To identify approaches to continuous improvement appropriate for specific schools and systems.
  • To apply logics of innovation and principles of improvement science to authentic cases of continuous improvement.

Lesson 1: Analytic Focus #1:
Fundamental Logic(s) of Innovation and Improvement

Lesson 2: Analytic Focus #2:
Application of Improvement Science in Educational Innovation

(Note: Case studies will include Networked Improvement Communities, Design-Based Implementation Research, Deliverology, Lean/Six Sigma, and Positive Deviance.)

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Who can take this course?

Unfortunately, learners residing in one or more of the following countries or regions will not be able to register for this course: Iran, Cuba and the Crimea region of Ukraine. While edX has sought licenses from the U.S. Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) to offer our courses to learners in these countries and regions, the licenses we have received are not broad enough to allow us to offer this course in all locations. edX truly regrets that U.S. sanctions prevent us from offering all of our courses to everyone, no matter where they live.

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