Navigator works by locating every students current knowledge and skills. It provides a personalized route for learning using open curated resources and making reroute suggestions based on their performance until they reach their learning destination.
It leverages the science of personalizing learning to give teachers and students the most appropriate high-quality resources in each moment to meet students exactly where they are.
The Learning Navigator, or Navigator eliminates the anxiety of learning by bringing the simplicity and assured success of a GPS-like experience.
Before Navigator can provide individualized learning experiences, it must first know exactly where each student is: what skills and knowledge they already possess and what are the gaps in their understanding?
Navigator locates each student on a “map,” or framework, called the Navigator Competency Model (NCM) that organizes all the competencies, including curriculum concepts and non-cognitive skills a student can learn in a specific course.
A student’s mastery in a subject is not a single score or grade, but a competency level for each of those concepts and skills. Navigator develops a Learner Profile for each student with a “skyline,” or the line connecting the highest competency levels that a student has achieved. The teacher can then identify a student’s aggregate competency level — at any given moment.
Navigator contains a catalog of high-quality, metadata-tagged resources and questions that have been proven in practice, organized by educators, and approved by leading researchers. Gooru indexed educational resources from publishers like EngageNY, CK12, NASA, Openstax, KQED, etc. Now, all of that content is in one place, so teachers can search for what they need (by grade, topic, standard, etc.) and adapt it as they desire.
The catalog includes more than 4 million open resources and 250,000 assessment questions. Most importantly, the resources in the catalog are tagged with complete metadata, including 21st century skills and curriculum standards - that are crosswalked to over 35 state standards. The catalog also leverages the full spectrum of online and offline learning experiences, such as media-rich interactives, projects, and essays. Assessments include checks for understanding, free-response questions, and more.
In K12 the resources are organized by educators into 15,000 collections and 5,000 full assessments spanning all concepts covered in Math, Science, English Language Arts and Social Sciences. Teachers can pull from these collections and assessments, or create their own materials and lessons from scratch.
Gooru is working with researchers and curriculum experts across K12, higher education and skills training to develop Navigator courses across a variety of subjects in K-12, higher education, corporate learning and skills development.
Each Navigator course covers a wide range of competencies and concepts, stretching across multiple grade levels. For example, Navigator for Math covers all math concepts from grades 2 through 12 — and all content is aligned and covers all 268 Common Core Standards across 10 domains and all 8 mathematical practices. Each student can achieve real mastery and understanding by filling the gaps in their knowledge from previous grade levels. For example, if a 6th grade student lacks understanding of key concepts from elementary school grades, the Navigator Math course will identify those missing concepts and then create an individualized pathway for that student that includes specific resources to fill those gaps — so that each student is fully prepared to take on more advanced material.
Within the Navigator courses, all the activities, resources, lessons, and assessments are tagged to specific competencies, so that Navigator can always choose exactly the one a student needs at a given moment. Within assessments, potential wrong answers are tagged to associated mis-concepts, so that Navigator can learn exactly how a student is confused and provide the resources necessary to give them full understanding.
Within a Navigator course, a student receives an individualized pathway that is designed just for them, based on their learner profile, and then is continuously rerouted as they learn, based on their dynamic performance. Students are able to progress at their own pace, skipping content if they have already mastered the related concepts and skills, or pausing to complete additional activities to fill gaps in their understanding. Navigator courses offer students the greatest opportunity to make accelerated learning gains, because they maximize every minute of a student’s learning time and ensure that each student is using exactly the resources that can best help them understand each concept and skill.
Navigator courses are accessible by computer, tablet, or mobile phone so students can learn wherever they are, at any time, when inspiration strikes.
Navigator locates a student with assessments
As students study these courses, the Navigator helps teachers facilitate personalized learning, by monitoring students’ progress, engaging the class in live assessments for a real-time update on student understanding and suggesting additional activities to help students stay on track.
Because the Learning Navigator precisely understands each student’s exact knowledge, skills, and mindsets in real time, it can act as an assistant to teachers in meeting each student exactly where they are and personalizing learning just for them. The Navigator utilizes the data about a student’s performance, progress, and engagement to constantly update their Learner Profile. This data can come from any learning activity that a student completes. The Navigator is constantly measuring their engagement with digital resources and teacher-assigned Daily Class Activities (DCA).
At the same time, teachers can utilize a feature called “live assessments” to check students’ understanding in class and can leverage detailed rubrics to score complex and in-person assignments, like discussions, essays, and proofs.
As a result, teachers can monitor students’ progress. And, students using Navigator know exactly which concepts and skills they have mastered, what gaps in their knowledge remain, and how much progress they have made. Navigator also provides continuous suggested activities based on student performance and then teachers can then decide to assign these to an individual student, the whole class, or groups of students via small group instruction.
Based on the student’s profile, Navigator personalizes the route to their destination and makes re-route suggestions based on their performance.
The culminating feature of the Learning Navigator is its capability of mediating an individualized pathway for each learner. Within a Navigator course, a student receives an individualized pathway designed for them, based on their learner profile, and then is continuously rerouted as they learn, based on their dynamic performance.
Navigator courses offer students the greatest opportunity to make accelerated learning gains, because they maximize every minute of a student’s learning time and ensure that each student is using exactly the resources that can best help them understand each concept and skill.
With a personalized learning route, every resource, collection, and assessment that a student sees has been specifically chosen for them. Each one will push the student just beyond their reach. The Navigator course creates these routes from millions of highly curated learning activities, which have been organized and used by educators worldwide. These activities include offline experiences (like projects and classroom discussions), rubric-scored assignments (including essays and proofs), and machine-scored, digital activities (such as videos and multiple-choice questions).
A student’s pathway is never fixed; it shifts in real time as the student engages with the content. When a student progresses well, they are routed around the content they have already mastered. When they struggle, they are guided to additional scaffolding materials so they can stay on track to mastery. Essentially, students are “re-routed” in real time. Every reroute is based on the science of learning: designed to bring out each student’s intrinsic motivation by meeting them with exactly the activity that will build on their prior knowledge and push them a little bit further. Students can also own their learning because they can always see their progress and they are given opportunities to excel by earning badges. As students are routed and re-routed, the Navigator courses are simultaneously providing teachers with real-time data about how their students are doing, as well as data about the effectiveness of the learning activities. As a result, teachers are empowered with all the information they need to personalize their instruction for each individual student. Each of their lessons can be targeted to exactly where the students are.
Working closely with schools and teachers gives us the opportunity to test our tools and continuously refine and improve them. An example of our success is our partnership with Leadership Public Schools (LPS), where a co-created aNavigator math course has transformed students’ academic progress.
In 2011, Leadership Public Schools (LPS), a network of urban high schools in Oakland, California, set out to ensure that all its students would be ready for Algebra 1. At the time, four-fifths of their incoming students were performing at a 2nd to 7th grade math level.
To address the needs of all students missing foundational math skills, LPS partnered with Gooru to leverage the capabilities of the Navigator. Student achievement in pre-algebra at LPS was highlighted by the Christensen Institute (2016), which reported that, as a result of using the Learning Navigator, student learning in math outpaced the national average by about three times (“Learning growth in math was 2.82 times the national growth norm during the first year of Gooru implementation” as measured by NWEA MAP). This same trend has now been observed for three years in a row. While, Navigator for Math builds on the experience Gooru has had with the LPS implementation of the Pre-Algebra course, it has different course content.
For schools, teachers, and students, the Learning Navigator is easy to use. A teacher can begin utilizing it in their classroom right away. Administrators that would like to implement the Learning Navigator at a school-wide or district-wide level can seamlessly integrate it with their existing learning system providers, including learning management systems, assessment systems, and other learning solutions. These platforms can leverage the Navigator’s millions of curated, standards-aligned learning resources, real-time assessment tools, and student-specific learning suggestions. When a teacher uses the Navigator, they see all the information about their students in one data dashboard. When administrators implement it, they can pull student usage data and teacher data dashboards into their existing learning management systems, so that all practitioners can see all of their data in one place.