Converting a student’s experience into college credits has proven one of the most complex, oft-discussed issues in higher education
Competency based learning, or CBE, has been pushed by educators and lawmakers who want to increase the number of U.S. degree holders by helping nontraditional students — working adults and military veterans among them — turn their professional experience into college credits.
The focus, these CBE advocates argue, should be on a student’s understanding of a subject, not their time re-learning what they already know.
With competency-based learning — which has gained traction over the past decade — student progress is not necessarily linked to traditional grades, textbook chapters, or even semester time-frames, known as seat time. Competency-based learning is instead based on the mastering of key concepts at a more personalized pace.
Pearson in July released what could be a critical tool in making CBE more efficient in higher education, mainstreaming it along the way.
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