Eyes wide open: Conversations around starting a competency-based program

Concurrent Session 3

Session Materials

Brief Abstract

Are you a school interested in starting competency-based (CBE) programs but don't know where to start?  Curious about the challenges you might face when starting a CBE?  Just want to learn more about CBE? This active session will engage the audience in discussion surrounding development and implementation of CBE programs. 



Laura Portolese currently teaches in the Information Technology and Administrative Management Department of Central Washington University. Her vast experience in online teaching and flipped classrooms spans nearly 20 years. Laura's research interests lie in the areas of student engagement in online courses. In addition, Laura has written several textbooks for publishers such as McGraw-Hill and Flat World Knowledge on Human Resource Management, Human Relations, and several others. When not teaching, researching or writing, you might find Laura on the roller derby track, playing for her local team in Ellensburg, Washington.
Dr. Julie Bonner is an Associate Faculty member at Central Washington University in Ellensburg, WA. Dr. Bonner is the program coordinator for the graduate program in the Information Technology and Administrative Management department. She has been at the University three years and is very interesting in student development, course design, and how students learn.

Additional Authors

Jackie Krause, Ph.D. Jackie Krause is an assistant professor for Central Washington University in the Information Technology and Applied Management program. Jackie has over eighteen years of experience in adult education, at both the community college and university level teaching courses both face-to-face and online. Fascinated with engaging online students in non-traditional methods, Jackie pursued a Masters in educational technology from Pepperdine University. She enjoys looking for ways to implement social networking technologies in both the classroom and enterprise. As a result, her dissertation topic addressed the perceptions and intentions of employees to use social networking within the enterprise. As an educator, Jackie enjoys trying new techniques as means of reaching students on every level.

Extended Abstract

This roundtable, focused discussion and shared exploration will be actively engaging, asking questions such as:

1.  How does financial aid work for competency-based program?

2.  What about accreditation and competency-based programs?

3.  How do I get faculty and staff on board?

4.  What processes do I need to consider before starting a competency-based program?

The facilitator, both experienced in competency-based education and in faciliation of roundtable topics, will ensure the session is highly interactive so all can share experiences and explore possible solutions.  The session will utilize small group and large group discussion to compare and contrast various experiences in CBE, pitfalls, and other aspects to consider for successful program implementation.  Not ready to start a competency-based program but want to learn more about competency-based education?  This is the perfect session to also learn more about the basics competency-based education!