Designing for Competency-based Education: Lessons learned from Valdosta State University

Concurrent Session 4
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Brief Abstract

Learn what happened when Valdosta State transformed a traditional program into one that is competency-based, including the role that instructional designers and faculty played in this transition.

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Vincent has been working in eLearning since 2009 and now serves as the Senior Online Instructional Designer. Currently Vincent is working to complete his Doctorate, but comes from an educational background steeped in Instructional Technology and Psychology. Vincent has worked on many cutting edge educational technology projects including CBE, Gamification in the classroom, and Google Glass for higher education.
Dr. Christopher Sessums is the Director of Academic Affairs at D2L working with higher education institutions across the globe to optimize student success and institutional effectiveness. Prior to joining D2L, Christopher served as a faculty member, researcher, and administrator at the Johns Hopkins University’s School of Education, at the University of California, Berkeley, and at the University of Florida. His research interests include assessment strategies, data and analytics, alternative learning models, lean business strategies, and educational policy.



Extended Abstract

With hundreds of institutions currently piloting and running competency-based education (CBE) courses and programs, there’s no mistaking its popularity as a valid alternative to the traditional model of education. But what happens when a school decides to transform a traditional course or program into one that is competency-based? What is the best way to design that course material? What role do instructional designers and faculty play in this transition?

Join this session to hear Valdosta State University discuss:

-The typical elements and characteristics of a CBE programs
-How to best roll out CBE in existing courses
-The challenges of moving to a CBE model and how to overcome them
-Feedback from faculty and students