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Tools for Learning and Student Success:
Educational Innovation in an Online, Self-Paced,
Competency-Based Institution
M...
Competencies describe the understanding,
skills and professional values required of a
student that are essential for begin...
Innovative educational model that
“wants” to be replicated:
 Western Governors University
 Southern New Hampshire Univer...
London Tower Bridge Tools © Copyright Chris Downer and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons License.
• OER Content
• Publisher Content
• Agile Educational
Content Providers
• Pass based payment

• Adapt Content to SelfPaced...
 Learning resource integration and delivery provides
streamlined, single sign on experience
 Evidence-based decisions
 ...
 Adaptability in selecting resources
 Flexibility in modifying resources
 Strong Instructional Design
 Structured Stud...
Photo by Mark Auer. Creative Commons license.
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Margaret Korosec
mdkorosec@gmail.com
@mdkorosec
Online Educa Berlin 2012: Tools for Learning and Student Success - Educational Innovation in an Online, Self-Paced, Compet...
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Online Educa Berlin 2012: Tools for Learning and Student Success - Educational Innovation in an Online, Self-Paced, Competency-Based Institution

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Presented ideas for supporting online learning. Consideration for a competency-based model for supporting student success through mentoring and robust learning resources. Purpose of the presentation was to promote the conversation of educational innovation and allow participants to consider what that might mean for their organization.

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  • Competency-based education defines educational goals in terms of demonstrable, measurable descriptions of the knowledge, skills/abilities, and behaviors students should possess at the end of a program. These outcomes are those required by the workforce as they graduate and enter the profession or transfer to another university’s program.Competencies describe the understanding, skills and professional values required of a student that are essential for beginning the unsupervised practice of a career.Students in traditional discipline-based instructional content courses largely learn what teachers choose to teach them. The courses aim to produce an employee (or student of even higher education) with pre-scribed packages of knowledge, some of which will be retained upon graduation. However, a competency-based curriculum identifies what is essential for professional practice, and then provides a sequence of defined learning experiences so that the student may graduate as a qualified beginner.
  • I would like to start by stating that I do not feel that the fully online, competency-based, self-paced model of education will every replace traditional or even blended education. It has a place, however, and serves a very specific purpose and target market. Competency based model at WGU then tools that support learning and student success.
  • Innovation I would like to talk about first is the competency based model at WGU. Then I will discuss the tools that support learning and student success. Online, competency based will not replace the traditional or blended university environments, but there are uncertainties in understanding what the competency based model is.
  • OER, MOOC, offered in a high tuition model of education?
  • WGU hosts seminars for other universities who want to explore the competency model.
  • Given the context for online learning in a competency based model, what tools are needed? Tools for a blended environment will not necessarily fit a fully online model.
  • Online Educa Berlin 2012: Tools for Learning and Student Success - Educational Innovation in an Online, Self-Paced, Competency-Based Institution

    1. 1.  Tools for Learning and Student Success: Educational Innovation in an Online, Self-Paced, Competency-Based Institution Margaret Korosec @mdkorosec University of Hull and Hymers College East Yorkshire, UK
    2. 2. Competencies describe the understanding, skills and professional values required of a student that are essential for beginning the unsupervised practice of a career. - Alice Stefaniak
    3. 3. Innovative educational model that “wants” to be replicated:  Western Governors University  Southern New Hampshire University  Arizona State University  New Charter University
    4. 4. London Tower Bridge Tools © Copyright Chris Downer and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons License.
    5. 5. • OER Content • Publisher Content • Agile Educational Content Providers • Pass based payment • Adapt Content to SelfPaced Learner • Align Learning Objectives and Competencies Instructional Design Mentor • Specialist Support • Frequent Check-In Learning Resources Student Experience • Communities • Social Spheres • Regional Opportunities
    6. 6.  Learning resource integration and delivery provides streamlined, single sign on experience  Evidence-based decisions  Embedded knowledge checks  Engagement data empowers mentors to help students in need and support students who accelerate
    7. 7.  Adaptability in selecting resources  Flexibility in modifying resources  Strong Instructional Design  Structured Student Focus Groups
    8. 8. Photo by Mark Auer. Creative Commons license.
    9. 9.  Margaret Korosec mdkorosec@gmail.com @mdkorosec

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