Modular Learning

Overview

Modular learning unbundles the traditional learning packages of degrees and puts them into more manageable learning chunks. These chunks are also tied to real career and life outcomes. Modular learning enables working professionals to learn new skills in shorter amounts of time, including while they work. Those seeking a degree are able to do so in potentially a more attainable way. They also earn credentials for the smaller modules of learning, thereby garnering value and positive feedback early in the process of advancing towards full degrees.

Modular learning can also refer to a type of instruction where topics or subjects are bundled into modules. As example, EdX unbundles the traditional learning “packages” — Associate’s, Bachelor’s, and Master’s degrees — into more manageable learning chunks also tied to real career and life outcomes.  Modular learning enables working professionals to learn new skills in shorter amounts of time, even while they work, and those seeking a degree are able to do so in a much more attainable way. They also earn credentials for the smaller modules of learning, thereby garnering value and positive feedback early in the process of advancing towards full degrees. This early positive feedback also increases motivation for learners to persist towards the full degree if that is their goal.

Ecosystem Relationship

Modular learning is a strategy of credentialing that unbundles the traditional learning packages of degrees and puts them into more manageable learning chunk. They can be used by providers to prepare workers for the workforce.

Types/Examples

  • EdX programs such as MIT and EdX MicroMasters®  programs
  • Stackable credentials

See Also

  • Stackable credentials
  • Stackable degree programs
  • Microcredentials
  • Pathways
  • Certificates
  • Credentials

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