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Getting Credit for What You Know

Getting Credit for What You Know | Education and Tech Tools | Scoop.it
College wasn’t right for Daniel Gamez when he first tried it as a recent high school graduate nearly two decades ago. The Texas economy was booming; he was in a hurry to start working.
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Sounds good, but do employers know what they want? And can the skills be quantified and measured easily?

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To Break the Mold, Is Competency Learning the Key?

To Break the Mold, Is Competency Learning the Key? | Education and Tech Tools | Scoop.it
Ask an educator about what it's like teaching a room full of students, and you'll likely hear a similar refrain: No two kids learn the same way or grasp conce
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 Students need different types of learning and support, but just as importantly, teachers need training and support as well..

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Competency-based education arrives at three major public institutions - Inside Higher Ed

Competency-based education arrives at three major public institutions - Inside Higher Ed | Education and Tech Tools | Scoop.it

“It affirms this new emphasis on student learning outcomes,” said Michelle R. Weise, a senior research fellow with the Clayton Christensen Institute, who recently published a book with Christensen on the potential for online, competency-based education in workforce development.

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Who are the big three?  University of Michigan, Purdue University and the University of Wisconsin System


Why is it a big deal? "Public universities face extra layers of bureaucracy when creating degree programs that look different."


What's the goal of the programs? They seek to focus more on what students know and can do rather than how much time they spend in class.


How are the programs being delivered? Two of the new programs are online, one is f2f.

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Got Skills? Why Online Competency-Based Education Is the Disruptive Innovation for Higher Education

Got Skills? Why Online Competency-Based Education Is the Disruptive Innovation for Higher Education | Education and Tech Tools | Scoop.it
Online competency-based education can even out the playing field by taking students to the furthest point possible in their learning experiences, regardless of their starting point, race, geographical location, or family income.

Via Peter Mellow, Miloš Bajčetić
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Unlike MOOC's, online competency-based education (often shortened to "CBE") stands out as the "missing link between learning outcomes and industry needs". According to the article, "competency-based education has the potential to bridge the widening gap between traditional postsecondary education and the workforce".

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Tony Guzman's curator insight, December 3, 2014 2:39 PM

This article continues to discuss the issues around Competency-based education and how it is the disruptive innovation in higher education today.

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5 lessons from job-training programs: The original competency-based experts

5 lessons from job-training programs: The original competency-based experts | Education and Tech Tools | Scoop.it
Community colleges, which have been offering occupational education for decades, have long understood how to address the skills needed by local employers. Now they're also learning how to integrate competency-based assessment into those courses.
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Wow, glad to see community colleges are being given credit for being good at something that others are just experimenting with..

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