Please join the Community College Consortium for Open Educational Resources (CCCOER) for a free and open webinar on how OER is being used to design and offer low-cost competency-based certificates and degrees. Competency-based degrees can offer a shorter path to a degree because students advance as soon as they master the subject matter. Students work at their own pace and move as far and fast as their proven knowledge takes them. With competencies that are clearly aligned to career skills, graduates are more employable.
Washington community colleges launched their first competency based degree with an online business transfer degree that uses only open educational resources and no commercial textbooks. The program has been in pilot mode at single college since summer 2015 but will be expanding to 7 more colleges in Winter 2016. Students in this particular competency-based program are taught by highly qualified instructors and receive guidance from completion coaches.
Lord Fairfax Community College (LFCC) launched competency-based education this fall with their Knowledge to Work program. With approval from its accrediting agency, the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges, LFCC becomes the first institution in the region to offer 100% direct assessment, competency-based education. Direct assessment does not involve counting hours in the classroom. Instead, the focus shifts to documenting learning and the attainment of competencies using OER and low cost curriculum which makes college both more affordable and accelerated.
Learning Object is a company focused on competency-based and personalized learning environments.
Date: Wed, December 2, Time: 10 am PST, 1:00 pm EST
• Mark Jenkins, Director of eLearning & Open Education, State Board of Community and Technical Colleges, Washington State
• Kiri Johnson, Digital Librarian, Knowledge to Work, Lord Fairfax Community College, Virginia
• Tom Caswell, Director of Learning Engineering, Learning Objects