Next-Generation Technology Impacts on Quality in Online Learning
Competency-Based Education: Craze or Way Forward for Online Learning?
Richard Garrett, Chief Research Officer, Eduventures
Richard Garrett is Chief Research Officer at Eduventures, the higher education research and advisory firm. Richard has 20 years of higher education experience, spanning research, consulting and policy work in the US and UK, and his areas of expertise include online learning, cross-border higher education and for-profit competition and partnerships. In addition to his role at Eduventures, Richard is Director of the Observatory on Borderless Higher Education, the international higher education think tank. Richard has also worked for the International Graduate Insight Group (i-graduate), University of Surrey and the UK Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education.
Competency-based education (CBE) is getting a lot of attention. Defined by personalized learning and "authentic" assessment, advocates position CBE as a powerful toolkit to address some of higher education's biggest challenges- namely, high tuition, low completion and vague/uneven student outcomes. It could be argued that these challenges are relevant for "traditional" online learning, too. Amid the hype, what is truly distinctive about the new generation of CBE programs, and is CBE really a mainstream solution or a more specialized one? Is CBE the right way forward for online degree programs? This presentation will examine different forms of CBE, enrollment trends and evidence of student demand. CBE will be placed in the context of online higher education enrollment trends and wider higher education "innovation" discussions, extolling everything from adaptive learning to bootcamps.
Learning Objectives
Describe key players in the CBE learning management system landscape.
Define the meaning of a "learning relationship management system."
Articulate how a particular system is more, or less, CBE-friendly.
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