How ready is your institution for competency-based education? Here are 8 questions to help get started

competency-based-educationWith the recent signing of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act, the popularity of jobs training programs across the country, and the recent surge in the offerings of digital badges, competency-based education (CBE) is becoming a must for any higher education institution looking to serve a broader pool of 21st-century students.

But competency-based education is about more than just offering digital badges for one-off skills–any institution looking to implement CBE knows that strategic planning for programs and credentials is critical…but where do interested colleges, universities, and institutions start?

According to Helix Education, a data and technology solutions provider for student life cycles, there is a list of key questions for institutions to ask themselves when getting started with CBE (created by the company).

The list addresses everything from models and academic strategies, to policies and regulations.

“CBE is disruptive, but in a good way–catering to students’ learning styles, allowing them to leverage prior knowledge and skills, evolving the role of instructors to act more as mentors, changing the way outcomes are measured, and even speeding time to degree completion,” says the company. “That said, careful consideration and planning must take place in order for each of these key stakeholders to reign in the full benefits of CBE. If you are thinking of making a move to CBE, we encourage you to ask your team and your partners these key questions before you get started.”

(Next page: The 8 key considerations for competency-based education)

About the Author:

Meris Stansbury

Meris Stansbury is the Editorial Director for both eSchool News and eCampus News, and was formerly the Managing Editor of eCampus News. Before working at eSchool Media, Meris worked as an assistant editor for The World and I, an online curriculum publication. She graduated from Kenyon College in 2006 with a BA in English, and enjoys spending way too much time either reading or cooking.


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