Visible Learning

Visible Learning is a set of principles that highlights what works best in the classroom and creates an incentive for teachers to learn more about effective teaching practices. The educational concept was developed by Professor John Hattie. The concept emphasizes that teachers should be aware of the effectiveness of their teaching methods and be willing to modify them to enhance student learning. It is a methodology that emphasizes the role of teachers as evaluators of their own teaching.

The Visible Learning approach involves identifying the most effective teaching strategies based on evidence-based research, measuring their impact on student achievement, and providing feedback to teachers to help them improve their practice. This approach involves collecting and analyzing data on student performance to determine which teaching methods are most effective and using this information to guide instructional decisions.

Visible Learning emphasizes the importance of student feedback and involvement in the learning process, and encourages teachers to create a positive learning environment that fosters student engagement and motivation. By using the Visible Learning approach, teachers can enhance student learning and help them achieve their full potential.

Visible Learning is based on a meta-study that analyzes the effect sizes of measurable influences on learning outcomes in educational settings


Barometers, in the context of visible learning, refer to the measures or indicators used to gauge the effectiveness of a particular teaching practice or intervention. These measures are used to determine the impact of the practice on student learning and to identify areas where improvement may be needed.

Some examples of barometers that may be used in visible learning include:
Student achievement data: This includes data on student test scores, grades, and other measures of academic achievement.

Teacher feedback: This can be gathered through surveys, observations, or interviews with teachers about the effectiveness of specific teaching practices.
Student feedback: This can be gathered through surveys, interviews, or other methods to determine how students perceive the effectiveness of particular teaching practices.

Observations: This involves observing teachers in the classroom to assess their teaching practices and the impact they have on student learning.
School climate data: This includes data on factors such as school culture, student engagement, and teacher morale, which can impact student learning outcomes.

By using these barometers, educators can assess the effectiveness of their teaching practices and make informed decisions about how to improve student learning outcomes

When teaching and learning are "visible," student achievement increases

For more information about visible learning, please click on the link: What is Visible Learning

ALCA is partnering with Corwin Visible Learning Institute to introduce their annual conference in Calgary : CORWIN Institute

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