Implications for Programs Considering CBE

I just had a commentary published in the Journal of Competency-Based Education entitled, Implications for Educator Preparation Programs Considering Competency-Based Education and wanted to share it with my readers.

There are some essential thoughts to consider for programs thinking about adopting the competency-based education (CBE) model. Tips shared can be applied across majors, at both the collegiate and the P-12 levels.

Competency-based education (CBE) is quickly becoming accepted as an effective way to facilitate powerful, authentic learning at all levels. Learners must demonstrate what they know and are able to do, rather than just put in “seat time” and complete a prescribed set of courses. However, designing a solid CBE program requires a great deal of thought, understanding, and know-how; this commentary highlights some important tenets of CBE to consider.

I’ve worked in institutions using traditional learning models and spent 10 years working in one that employs the CBE model effectively. I’ve really come to appreciate the level of learning that takes place in a CBE model, and I’ve seen over the years how effective it is in supporting students’ learning. I’ve celebrated with students and their families who reached their goals and achieved their dreams because they were in an environment that enabled them to show what they knew and then move on at their own pace. CBE, when structured properly, helps educators to personalize learning experiences. I predict the CBE model will be a major player in the educational arena over the next two decades at the P-12 level as well as at the collegiate level.

Want to talk more about how to adopt the CBE model in your own program? Please reach out to me through the Contact the Author link; I’d be happy to help.

–rrf

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