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21 09, 2017

Learning by Doing: Developing High-Quality CBE Course Materials

By | 2017-09-21T19:43:40+00:00 September 21st, 2017|CBE for higher education, CBE materials, CBE quality, defining CBE competencies|0 Comments

  Are you thinking about bringing competency-based education (CBE) to your institution? You are not alone. A 2016 survey conducted by the American Association of Community Colleges found that approximately two-thirds of community colleges and baccalaureate (liberal arts) colleges are in the planning or start-up phases of CBE. While many institutions support CBE programs, they also have concerns about the quality of the learning experience. A common question for academic leaders is, “How can we ensure that our program delivers a quality learning experience that enables learners to achieve the expected competency?” Learners enroll in a CBE program because they expect the learning experience to provide them with the skills or knowledge they need to succeed. Effective learning materials aligned with well-defined course competencies are critical to their success. Before developing learning materials, the development team should map out program-level and course-specific competencies. Once mapped, it is important to evaluate those competencies against quality expectations. The Competency-Based Education Network (CBEN) recently released a set of principles and standards for developing quality CBE programs. The CBEN concluded [...]