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8 11, 2017

5 Strategies for Giving Learners a V.O.I.C.E. in Competency-Based Educational Programs

By | 2017-11-08T23:07:18+00:00 November 8th, 2017|Competency Based Education|0 Comments

I recently asked a friend of mine, Elizabeth, a student enrolled in a competency-based program, why she chose that program instead of a traditional program. Without hesitation, she said, “The ability to learn on my own terms and to make the process work for me.” Elizabeth selected the program because its freedom and flexibility allowed her to juggle school and work. What she described is what we call student-centered learning. As described in this document jointly prepared by Jobs for the Future and the Council of Chief State School Officers, there are four characteristics of student-centered learning: 1. Learning activities allow learners to personalize the learning experience to meet their needs. 2. Learners demonstrate competency as a measure of learning. 3. Learners can choose when and where they learn. 4. Learning activities and course structure allow learners to take responsibility for their learning. During Competency Based Education (CBE) course development, course designers make many decisions about the content and delivery of the learning experience. To help students thrive in a CBE course, designers can give learners [...]

17 10, 2017

Learning by Doing: 5 Strategies to Increase Learner Engagement in Competency-Based Education

By | 2017-10-17T01:11:40+00:00 October 17th, 2017|Competency Based Education, Students|0 Comments

“Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm.” Ralph Waldo Emerson Most students who enroll in a competency-based education (CBE) program start out excited, motivated, and ready to learn. For too many students, that enthusiasm starts to wane a few weeks into the course. This is bad news for students and the enrolling institution. Lack of engagement is a serious issue. Disengaged, discouraged students are more likely to drop out than their enthusiastic and engaged peers. Students may drop out of a CBE program for several reasons, including the actual learning experience. Students may become discouraged and quit if learning materials are too difficult to understand or poorly presented. Students may become disinterested and quit if learning activities are dull or uninspiring. Students may become frustrated and quit if they believe they’re wasting time on material they already know or view as irrelevant. While students may become disengaged for reasons that are beyond the control of the educational institution, course designers can strive to create engaging courses that discourage student drop out. An engaging CBE learning experience [...]