Build great skills courses

Make websites for flipped and online skills courses

Skilling is open-source software for making and running skills courses. Skills are things like programming, auditing, and mathematics.

Tasks + Content + Relationships = Skills

Here are some aspects of a good skills course. Skilling can help with all of them.

Prior knowledge

New learning builds on existing knowledge. Activating existing knowledge at the start of a lesson improves memory of new knowledge.

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Schemas

Schemas are patterns that help solve problems. They're central to human expertise. Skilling helps authors make schemas explicit.

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Metacognition

Thinking about what you have just learned can yield new insights.

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Personal formative feedback

Feedback can be more than a grade. It can be a list of things to improve. It can be personal. Skilling makes this practical at scale.

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Worked-example effect

Worked examples are particularly helpful when learning skills. Skilling helps authors make worked examples with characters, annotations, and more.

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Different needs

Skilling lets authors vary content according to student attributes (e.g., disability status), student progress, which campus they're on... anything you can record data about.

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Help students keep up

Students sometimes fall so far behind that it's impossible to catch up. Skilling has a course timeline on every screen, and an emoji reacting to student progress.

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Design for assessment

Often, the core of a Skilling course is a sequence of hands-on exercises. Each one has a rubric. Authors can design courses around exercises, and their assessment.

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Personal engagement

Usually, instructors are responsible for all aspects of a course. Skilling breaks that up, with authors responsible for content, and graders responsible for feedback. That leaves instructors free to focus on students.

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A course can use Skilling along with other software.

Matches organizational practices

Unbundling instruction

Skilling unbundles instruction into different roles. This helps you make the best use of high- and low-cost personnel.

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Scaling

Skilling helps you adapt to changing demand for skills courses.

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Branding

Skilling websites can reflect your brand.

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Open to inspection

Skilling helps you give accreditors and clients what they are looking for.

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Cost to students

Universities can give students access for free, or at low cost. Commercial trainers can price courses between cheap-but-ineffective narrated PowerPoints, and expensive face-to-face classes

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Course assessment

Skilling gathers a lot of data about student behavior and performance. Authors can use the data to improve courses over time.

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Solid technology

Secure

Protection against XSS, CSRF, URL guessing, SQL injection, and other attacks.

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Private

Protects student data from unauthorized access.

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Accessible

Skilling is designed for WCAG 2.0 AA accessibility standards, and to comply with section 508.

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Open source

Skilling is based on Drupal, a popular open source system. Code is open to inspection. And free.

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Customizable

Add in Drupal modules for forums, social media, you name it. Change the content, and the look-and-feel.

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Mobile

Skilling helps students make the best use of whatever screens they have available. .

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What now? Check out the demo. Read Making a course for a typical course design process.