Just Do It! Develop the Confidence to Start a CBE Program
Concurrent Session 5
If a lack of solutions to tough questions is preventing you from starting or expanding your competency-based education program, come learn from Sinclair Community College how to retrofit systems, change institutional culture, and tackle accreditation and other policy issues, so that you too, can offer flex-paced online or hybrid CBE courses across multiple disciplines.
The decision to offer competency-based education (CBE) can prove to be rewarding and worthwhile for an institution that values innovation, but will inevitably also bring forth tough questions in considering just how to get your feet off the ground. Sinclair Community College has been there, done that, as we developed our first CBE degrees and certificates more than 4 years ago, and continue to expand to multiple disciplines and modalities. With over ten CBE programs currently being offered or in the works, we offer flex-paced CBE courses either fully online, or in a CBE hybrid modality. Through the development, sustainment, and refinement of a diverse group of programs, we’ve created a model for successful CBE program delivery, and learned our share of lessons along the way.
Participants who want to avoid being stopped in their tracks before they even start on their CBE journey will be interested in this session, where Sinclair CBE veterans will share their problem-solving techniques and experiences, and deliver a step-by-step guide to developing a CBE program, applicable to those who are just starting out, and those seeking to refine their current programs. Presenters will focus on unearthing solutions to potential challenges in CBE, including: accreditation, classroom policies, faculty roles, retrofitting systems, and learner preparedness and persistence.
Through interactive questions and answers, audience contribution, and handouts for creating an implementation plan, attendees will leave this session with the necessary tools and confidence to launch CBE programs of their own. Presentation slides and handouts will also be shared on the conference website.