Designing and Developing Competency-Based Education Courses Using Standards

Designing and Developing Competency-Based Education Courses Using Standards

Nancy B. Hastings (University of West Florida, USA) and Karen L. Rasmussen (University of West Florida, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-5225-0932-5.ch012
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Abstract

Standards provide designers and developers of competency-based education courses and programs with a structure and framework that serve as a way to create quality learning environments that align objectives, instruction, and assessments. At the micro-level, standards facilitate direction of the structure, format, and content of a competency-based course that ensures a high-quality product. At the macro-level, standards help institutional administrators and faculty make good, informed decisions about program policies and procedures.
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Cbe And Online Learning

Technology has opened up opportunities for online delivery of CBE which has, in turn, provided additional instructional access to students and functionality for faculty and administrators. Learning management systems and the continued improvement of student information systems as well as overall campus technology infrastructure permits academic support, administration, and delivery of instruction. In addition, an LMS supports interaction with and monitoring and evaluation of students. The integration of CBE into an online learning platform enables institutions to launch CBE programs to meet the needs of increasingly larger numbers of students. Using online design and development standards that place the student at the center of the environment and clearly connecting competencies to course content and assessment helps frame the development of a CBE learning environment.

Key Terms in this Chapter

Faculty Support: Strategies employed to provide faculty with the knowledge, skills, abilities and infrastructure to effectively facilitate student success.

Standards: Widely accepted or agreed upon measures used to determine quality.

Access: Availability of courses, programs and related instructional materials to targeted audiences.

Scale: The ability to reach increasingly larger populations while maintaining quality and reducing costs.

Effectiveness: The ability to achieve intended goals or objectives. In competency based education effectiveness is related to the ability to achieve the desired outcomes via the chosen delivery method and strategies.

Assessment: Formal and informal activities used to measure student performance and progression.

Strategies: Plans for achieving goals or intended outcomes.

Quality: A measure of excellence used to establish value or worth.

Competency: Proficiency or mastery of identified knowledge, skills or abilities.

Student Support: Strategies employed to facilitate student achievement.

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