The viability of online competency based education: An organizational analysis of the impending paradigm shift

January 7, 2018

Over the past several decades, workplace demands have changed from having an industrial emphasis on physical inputs and natural resources, to a knowledge based economy with a reliance on intellectual capabilities (Block, 1990; Ronchi, 1985; Sum & Jessop, 2013). The knowledge economy is defined as “production and service based on knowledge-intensive activities that contribute to an accelerated pace of technological and science advance, as well as equally rapid obsolescence” (Powell & Snellman, 2004, p. 201). This definition highlights that employers and the economy at large will rely on higher-level skills possessed by those with advanced training and certifications. This shift is embodied by competency based education (CBE), as students demonstrate what they know and have learned in a way that clearly connects learning and work.

The Journal of Competency-Based Education