ClassInTheBox: A Competency-Based Approach through Learning Situations

July 25, 2023

The educational landscape is in constant evolution, driven by technological innovation and the revision of educational policies. In Spain, the Organic Law of Modification of the Organic Law of Education (LOMLOE) has introduced a new vision of how learning should be structured and facilitated. One of the fundamental aspects of this legislation is the introduction of Learning Situations (SdA in Spanish), which focus on providing authentic and real-world applicable learning experiences.

Learning Situations are learning scenarios or contexts that reflect real-life situations, allowing students to relate their learning to their everyday lives. This approach makes learning relevant and meaningful, and reinforces the idea that competency-based learning should be based on everyday life situations. Learning Situations also encourage creativity and problem-solving, skills that are increasingly valued in the modern world.

In this context, technology can play a crucial role in facilitating and enhancing Learning Situations. One of the tools that has emerged recently is the ClassInTheBox platform, which allows students to “tag” videos. Tagging, in this sense, refers to the possibility of adding pins and tags to the video’s duration bar to enrich and expand it.

The use of tagged videos can be a powerful tool for Learning Situations in two main ways. Firstly, it can act as an entry point to the learning situation. For example, a video on photosynthesis could be used to introduce this concept in a biology class. Students could tag the video to mark key moments in the process, ask questions, and annotate their thoughts.

Secondly, tagged videos can also be used as a final product of the Learning Situation. For example, after a history project on World War II, students could be tasked with creating the front page of a fictitious “The Times” newspaper on the day the war began. They could tag the video with pins and tags that represent the causes of the conflict. Another task could be to create a podcast for the day the war ended, in which the possible consequences of the conflict are discussed. Students could tag the video of the podcast to mark key points in the discussion.

The application of ClassInTheBox and its video tagging functionality have great potential to enrich Learning Situations and enhance the vision of competency-based learning promoted by the LOMLOE. By providing an innovative and relevant way for students to connect with their learning, ClassInTheBox can help to make the key objectives of the LOMLOE a reality. Video tagging can be a powerful tool in this transformation, providing students with innovative ways to interact with their learning and demonstrate their understanding in an effective and creative way.