Setting the PACE with Competency-Based Education: The Interplay of Technology and the Design of New Pathways
Concurrent Session 6
We will explore how technology can effectively inform, expand, and provide structure for the design and development of courses and assessments. Lipscomb University will share the process of designing a program in a new learning platform, Sagence Learning. What are the key elements to be considered in designing new pathways?
This session offers key elements that participants may take away when considering developing their own competency-based program by focusing on the interplay of technology and the design of new pathways. The session will explore the following questions:
- How can structure and organization guide the direction of competency-based program development?
- How does the design of technology inform (and provide consistency to) the overall student pathway?
- What are ways we can create engaging, relevant, and well-aligned learning experiences across different subject areas?
- What strategies can be implemented for intentional and substantive feedback that ensure student success of competencies?
- What are ways we can connect real-world experiences to student learning to ensure professional success?
We will discuss how initial “limitations” or parameters in technology can be transformed into opportunities to think creatively about what is essential, encourage intentionality in design of the learner experience, and enforce best practices in content and assessment methodology.
By attending the session, participants will have the opportunity to:
- See concrete examples of ways to utilize technology to inform and expand upon the design and development of competency experiences
- Discuss how technology can reinforce and force intentional design
- Explore different approaches for ensuring competency alignment, encouraging instructor-student engagement and student-student interaction, and designing quality assessments and rubrics
Participants will be actively engaged in this session by:
- Sharing their own experiences and challenges with technology or with existing methodologies or practices that need to be reinvented
- Sharing ideas on ways to address limitations and how technology can support
- Coming up with an action plan for how they will use these shared strategies at their own institution
- Brainstorming around concrete examples for creating a learner roadmap (handouts provided)