Skill Syllabus Versus Course Labels

Skill Syllabus supports the coordination of learning at a course level; there is functionality for personalized learning, performance based navigation, and managing and tracking skills. There are both teacher / professor and learner / worker interfaces. Course Labels are useful for making comparisons, ranking skills, and establishing an ROI.

Skill Syllabus was introduced first (2016). It includes not only the full traditional syllabus interpretation, but also learning labels with skill definitions and an interface for learners to move through a series of tasks, experiences, and activities. As students successfully complete tasks, the learning labels referenced in the Skill Syllabus are useful for managing and tracking skills during and outside the confines of the course. Skill Syllabus is applied in a website application and Android and Windows apps.

Course labels were only recently introduced (earlier this year). They provide a basis of comparison for decision making of a learner or practitioner – like related learning and job labels (both introduced earlier in a 2016 patent application). (Learning, course, and job labels) are analogous to what is accomplished with food and drug labels as observed in this article. Through different interfaces, such as a Search or Android App, the goal is aid a learner in making line by line comparisons in skills and Skill Points on a course level.

If a practitioner or the organization they are affiliated with are unwilling to provide the level of detail to prospective (not current) students, the course labels do not need to be made public – accessible in the public domain. But if they are, a search framework and apps are in place to help the course get found.

Turning on the ‘Course Labels’ takes no replication nor much added time for a practioner who is already using the Skill Syllabus interface (simply add a few fields to establish the ROI).

By design, starting a Skill Syllabus requires only two fields – the requirement to start creating pathways, where a teacher and professor assigns learning labels and projects to the course. But there is much more depth, the system acts like a light LMS.

Beyond cost, time, and logistical information, a Course Label requires Learning Labels to be assigned to it – this is how the skills information on the label is derived.

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