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Student Centered Learning: Building &
Delivering Competency Based Education
Programs
By: Rhonda D Blackburn, PhD
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Hello! My Name Is…
Introductions!
What is competency based education?
How do you plan for it?
Where do you find them?
What does an initiative look like?
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Skills
Turn to your neighbor, introduce yourself and ask:
What skill are you considered a master?
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Break down that skill
What ways can you demonstrate that you know that skill?
How can I evaluate you on it?
What would you do if you wanted to teach your neighbor that
skill?
How do you know that they mastered it?
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Now…
From what you talked about, what is a behavior and what is a
competency?
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Metacognitive Model
Competent Incompetent
Conscious
Unconscious
Study Plan Mastery
Sprinting Voyaging
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What is Outcomes Based vs
Competency Based Education
Outcomes Based
Competency Based
Adaptive Learning, Skills,
Occupational Outlook
Content
then
Assessment
Assessment
then
Content
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Key Features of Competency Based
Education
Mastery of learning
Granular learning units
Mapping to competencies
Assessments
Accelerate learning pathways
Reallocation of faculty time
Decrease cost
Admit more qualified students
Personalized learning
Grow enrollment
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Building on the Learning Platform
Competency Structure
Flexible Design
Personalized Path
Opportunities for Collaboration
Study / Adaptive Planner
Competency / Grade Achievement
Alerts and Notifications
Non-Term Enrollment
Integrated Dashboard
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Before You Begin: Plan!
High-level competencies based on occupational skills and
knowledge drill-down to measurable course-level learning
objectives