Archive for the ‘Competency Based Education’ Category

Download Report: Informing Progress: Insights on Personalized Learning Implementation and Effects

Informing Progress: Insights on Personalized Learning Implementation and Effects The basic concept of personalized learning (PL) — instruction that is focused on meeting students’ individual learning needs while incorporating their interests and preferences — has been a longstanding practice in U.S. K–12 education. Options for personalization have increased as personal computing devices have become increasingly […]

Ensuring faculty success in online competency-based education programs

Background The growth of competency-based programs means faculty are facing new challenges that require different institutional support than traditional programs. Method This article identifies how faculty roles are changing and discusses specific challenges for faculty in three diverse institutions, Rasmussen College, Westminster College, and Valdosta State University. Results and Conclusion The article recommends actions institutions […]

Deconstructing competency-based education: An assessment of institutional activity, goals, and challenges in higher education

There have been several surveys assessing institutional interest in Competency-Based Education (CBE), but there is a need for a systematic analysis of how institutions are designing and implementing CBE at the course, program, or institutional level. This initiative proposes to close this research gap and advance the conversation about the scale, impact, and varieties of […]

Going All In on Personalized Learning

National University is working to create a personalized education platform that combines three of the buzziest innovations in higher education — adaptive learning, competency-based learning and predictive analytics for student retention. Inside Higher Ed

“Right on the money”: CBE student satisfaction and postgraduation outcomes

Background A review of existing research on CBE program outcomes provides context for the research focus of the essay. Method This essay analyzes results from a comparative study of surveys of graduates of both a competency-based education program at Texas A&M University-Commerce and its traditional counterpart at the same institution in order to assess both […]

Designing quality into direct-assessment competency-based education

Background Meeting the nation’s need for 60% of its working age population to hold postsecondary education by 2025 is not possible through traditional educational institutions and formats. They simply do not have the “seats” available. Students, employers, and regulatory agencies are actively exploring educational alternatives, such as competency-based education, rightfully expecting assurances of quality. Methods […]

Designing quality into direct-assessment competency-based education

Background Meeting the nation’s need for 60% of its working age population to hold postsecondary education by 2025 is not possible through traditional educational institutions and formats. They simply do not have the “seats” available. Students, employers, and regulatory agencies are actively exploring educational alternatives, such as competency-based education, rightfully expecting assurances of quality. Methods […]

Implications for educator preparation programs considering competency-based education

The competency-based educational (CBE) model has been implemented in numerous colleges and universities across the United States since its inception. While some of these institutions have elected to adopt CBE within a limited number of academic departments or programs, others have chosen to build their entire curriculum in such a way that requires all students […]

Competency-Based Education in a Traditional Higher Education Setting: A Case Study of an Introduction to Psychology Course

This paper presents a case study of a Competency-Based Education Introduction to Psychology course conducted in a small, private, traditional university in the western United States. Two competency-graded sections were offered, one online and one in the classroom. Eleven undergraduate students completed the online section, and 24 students completed the classroom-based section of the course. […]

A Delphi study of effective practices for developing competency-based learning models in higher education

Background There are over 600 universities developing competency-based education (CBE) programs in response to student and employer desire to bridge the gap between academic outcomes and employer needs (Fain 2015, https://www.insidehighered.com/news/2015/09/10/amid-competency-based-education-boom-meeting-help-colleges-do-it-right). However, research is still emerging on effective practices for developing CBE programs. Methods The purpose of this qualitative Delphi study was to gather expert […]