Advanced Models in e-Learning: Renzulli Learning System (RLS)
Sandra K. Linke
ICIE, Ulm - Germany
If the educational systems are to achieve the potential of the digital world then they need to do a lot of work to optimise the use of technology and computerised platforms and systems in educational settings. The future will witness a number of programmes and special provisions, including: tele-mentoring; online enrichment clustering; e-learning and virtual learning environments; teaching for productive thinking and future problem solving; global networks and forums for: students, teachers, parents and scholars aimed at sharing: knowledge, experience, interests, values and outcomes and benefits. The general approach recommended in this workshop is one of infusing more effective thinking skill practices into existing school structures rather than replacing the ways in which schools are organized and operated. It is aimed at introducing advanced models, processes and systems in e-learning and school management. This workshop will introduce three advanced models for excellence in education, including: Renzulli Learning System (which is the first integrated systems introduced to the educational system in the USA. It is used to identify and develop the gifts and talents of all children by providing easily accessible high quality materials and resources. It is an exciting new on-line comprehensive system that matches students' abilities, interests, learning styles and can help teachers access, with minimal cost or time, a wealth of opportunities to provide packages for productive thinking skills and appropriate differentiation activities for students of all levels of achievement and abilities); Stratis e-Suite (which is the first school management system); and London Gifted & Talented (which develops high quality programmes which challenge learners and support teachers, and provides e-resources and online tools.
Renzulli Learning System that Matches Enrichment Resources with Student Strengths
Remarkable advances in instructional communication technology (ICT) have now made is possible to provide high levels of enrichment and the kinds of curricular differentiation that facilitate advanced learning services to students who have access to a computer and the Internet. But in order to maximize the potential if ICT it is necessary to construct programs that are based on learning theory that goes beyond the didactic and prescriptive models that have resulted in too much worksheets-on-line and electronic encyclopedias. The Renzulli Learning System (RLS) uses a strength-based learning theory called the Enrichment Triad Model that is purposefully designed to promote advanced level learning, creative productivity, and high levels of student engagement by focusing on the application of knowledge rather than the mere acquisition and storage of information.

The Renzulli Learning System is a comprehensive program that begins by providing a computer-generated profile of each student’s academic strengths, interests, learning styles, and preferred modes of expression. A search engine then matches Internet resources to the student’s profile from fourteen carefully screened data bases that are categorized by subject area, grade level, state curricular standards, and degree of complexity. There are also hundreds of enrichment activities that can be down loaded and reproduced for individual or group learning activities. A management system called the Wizard Project Maker guides students in the application of knowledge to teacher or student selected assignments, independent research studies, or creative projects that individuals or small groups would like to pursue. Students and teachers can evaluate the quality of students’ products using a rubric called The Student Product Assessment Form. Students can rate each site visited, conduct a self-assessment of what they have gained from the site, and place resources in their own Total talent Portfolio for future use. RLS also includes a curriculum acceleration management system for high-achieving students that is based on the many years of research and widespread use of a popular differentiation process called Curriculum Compacting.