When it comes to curriculum designed for lifelong learning, individual pacing, and repeated reference, organizing by grade may not be the best possible system for helping learners find what they need. We recommend experimenting with organization of materials by pathways directed towards a specific skill, materials of general interest for different types of learners, and materials which are organized in an interdisciplinary fashion, with linkages to different types of issues. As Wanjira Kinuthia, a subject-matter expert conducting alignment in Kenya, explains below, the key differentiating factor in these curricula is that the standards are determined through learning goals set by individuals or educators intending to encourage exploration, rather than the fulfillment of requirements.
“Formal studies are more ‘structured’ in that the curriculum and objectives are set by the Ministry, education board, etc. For lifelong learning I have found the needs to be more ‘fluid’ and often involving just-in-time learning.” Wanjira Kinuthia from 17 Feb webinar on curriculum alignment. Watch Wanjira’s presentation during the 17 February 2021: Curriculum Alignment Webinar Co-Hosted by Learning Equality, EdTech Hub, and UNHCR - YouTube