Steven Mintz (Executive Director of the University of Texas System's Institute for Transformational Learning and Professor of History at the University of Texas at Austin) posted his article about CBE, and how it is hurt by too many definitions (and often conflated with online learning).
I agree with his view that "an outcomes-driven education need not be fully online, self-directed, self-paced, or narrowly skills-focused" and:
it is better to focus on CBE’s fundamental characteristics. It is an approach to teaching and learning that:
Steve also writes: But for competency-based education to be truly effective, it is essential to move forward on multiple fronts. We need high impact program designs that offer personalized learning pathways, a high degree of interactivity, state-of-the-art content, and powerful networking and collaborative experiences. We need 360-degree individualized student support, including instructional facilitators who can provide the mentoring that too few students currently receive. And we need new technologies to power next generation pedagogies and forms of education research previously impossible.
Competency-Based Education can produce unprecedented gains in access, affordability, and student success. The challenge is to do this right.
Bravo!! See the article here.
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