Competency Based Education: An Executive Summary

Competency based education is meeting the demand for continuing education programs that emphasize the skills (competencies) of a student instead of knowledge alone. This document provides the aspects of “what we understand” to be the scope of work for a college in Washington. The scope of work includes a competency-based educational program, course development and design, as well as proposed program resources for the continuing education department. We will provide central oversight of online program development and delivery, instructional design, media development, and faculty training and support for competency-based online learning.

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It is not a question of why, but how, for competence-based education (CBE). CBE has taken a turn for the mainstream as college administrators have become aware that many of the post-secondary population are non-traditional students.

The College of Continuing Education, a public college specifically focused on adult education, is one such example. To aid in their vision of being the region’s college of choice based on excellence, innovation, and national recognition for exemplary programs, the College of Continuing Education sought to expand their competency-based education (CBE) initiative to all courses.


Simple Guidance For You In Online Student Engagement

Every teacher has struggled with student engagement. Disengaged students are easy to spot. Students may have their head down, not taking notes, or look bored and indifferent to the learning process. Of course, in online learning, you can’t see the students, so how do you know when they are disengaged?

How to spot a disengaged online student

  • Students rarely enters the course room.
  • Very little time is spent  in course activities
  •  Interaction with other students is sparse
  • Assignments are missing or delayed 
  • Discussion posts are short.
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How Much Do You Know about Colors In E-Learning?

Recently, I was reading an article on e-learning on the use of color. The author gave many good suggestions of how to use color, when to use it, and the meanings of an assortment of colors. It was an informative article.

It made me think about how little choice instructional designers have when creating e-learning for colleges and universities. Many times, the college or university supplies a branding guideline and that is that. No choice for colors, logos, and graphics.

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