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Introduction to Competency-based Education


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An introduction to Competency-based education and the new student demographic. Discover today's modern student and the education system designed to fit them.

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Introduction to Competency-based Education

  1. 1. CBE 101 An Introduction to Competency-based education and the new student demographic
  2. 2. WHAT IS CBE? CBE is based on six critical components: • Explicit learning outcomes with respect to the required skills and associated proficiency • A flexible time frame to master these skills • A variety of instructional activities to facilitate learning • Criterion-referenced testing of the required outcomes • Certification based on demonstrated learning outcomes • Adaptable programs to ensure optimum learner guidance Van der Horst & McDonald 1997:10-11
  3. 3. FUNDAMENTAL DIFFERENCE Traditional (Time-Based) Model Competency-Based Model Jane Billy Sam Johnny A+ B D B- Time Spent (fixed) Jane Billy Sam Johnny Time Spent (variable) Achievement varies. Achievement is fixed.
  5. 5. Over the next decade, adult student enrollment is expected to grow faster than “traditional age” students. STUDENTS HAVE CHANGED. Center for Postsecondary and Economic Success
  6. 6. More than 1/3 of undergraduate students work full time. STUDENTS HAVE CHANGED. Center for Postsecondary and Economic Success
  7. 7. Nearly a quarter of students are parents. STUDENTS HAVE CHANGED. Center for Postsecondary and Economic Success
  8. 8. Traditional education doesn’t suit everyone. Only 29% of students who start a two-year degree program finish within three years.Harvard University, Pathways to Prosperity
  9. 9. We have to think beyond traditional models to provide options for these learners. There are over 30 million adults in the US with some college credit but no degree.Hechinger Report, 2014
  10. 10. Education unlocks opportunities for a better life. A postsecondary degree is the key to a middle class salary.Georgetown University, Center on Education and the Workforce
  11. 11. Many schools are pursuing competency-based educational models to meet the needs of a changing student population. What’s the answer? HOWEVER ….
  12. 12. Challenges to CBE Adoption “Competency-based learning has come a long way over the past few years, but there are still significant hurdles standing in the way of its wider adoption.” Robert Gibson, Director of Learning Technologies, Emporia State University Pedagogical challenges Technological challenges Policy/funding issues Quality concerns
  13. 13. Download our new CBE eBook to learn the five most important things you need to know right now. Want to learn more?