Many colleges start this process by adapting their own existing programs.
When developing a new program, it helps to determine who will be involved in defining the overall competencies/outcomes for a program. If it is a program that results in degrees or certifications that prepare students to go directly into the workforce, using a council that includes academics and employers is a good way to ensure the students will be learning and demonstrating the appropriate skills and knowledge.
A key characteristic that distinguishes CBE from other educational programs is that students can progress at their own pace.
As students can progress at their own pace, they make progress toward course objectives based on demonstrating the knowledge and skills required at each step (or module) along the way. That is, learning becomes the constant—and is demonstrated through mastery of learning objectives, or competencies—and time becomes the variable. Some students can accelerate their progress as other students might take more time and practice to advance. At some colleges, students can begin or complete their coursework throughout the year, rather than tied to an inflexible semester system.
In most of the community colleges that are developing CBE programs, the CBE courses are based on existing courses that faculty have been offering for years. As with online education, CBE courses represent a new mode of delivery in most of these cases, but not a new curriculum. In these college programs, faculty members adapt the existing courses to a CBE model, based on existing faculty procedures and requirements at the college.
Where the CBE courses represent new curriculum, faculty members are more likely to work in teams to create the new courses based on existing procedures and requirements for new curriculum development at the college. Typically, faculty lead these teams.
This webinar explores the WGU curriculum development process and it's impact on the learning experience for our students.
The information weaves together how WGU develops curriculum and how CBE should be designed and developed.
Recorded April 10, 2018
See what actual CBE courses look like at several higher education institutions.
Recorded November 30, 2016
How is data used to advance student outcomes?
Where does the data come from?
Who uses the data and how it used?
How is the data reported?
Dr. Kurt Gunnell answers these questions, and more.
Recorded March 13, 2018
Financial aid is complex. Listen to this wide-ranging discussion between several seasoned higher education financial aid professionals.
Recorded November 16, 2016
WGU uses a systematic approach to developing scalable learning. Experience what this model looks like and see a demonstration of how the model is supported by analyzing market trends, work-relevant competencies, and the unique interplay of how learning resources are curated through that process.
Recorded February 13, 2018
Three seasoned CBE professionals in higher education discuss the challenges and cornerstones of institutional buy-in for CBE learning models.
Recorded October 19, 2016
Bob Collins, WGU's VP of Financial Aid, will discuss current legislation surrounding financial aid at the higher education level, as well as explain WGU's Responsible Borrowing Initiative as well as the compelling results of that program.
Recorded January 16, 2018
What happens when the funds are gone? This webinar unpacks the issues and offers solutions for the sustainability of CBE education, hosted by WGU's Sally Johnstone.
Recorded on May 3, 2016
How does WGU put students at the center of everything we do? See how support goes beyond academics and the associated outcomes of the additional supports.
Recorded December 12, 2017
A discussion of the evolving regulatory issues for competency-based education programs, including challenges that partner colleges experienced during implementation.
Recorded on April 5, 2016
Stacey Ludwig-Johnson will walk through the student experience at WGU, including the student portal interface and a variety of connected learning and student resources.
Recorded on November 14, 2017
A panel discusses the very interesting challenges and some solutions that community college partners delivered during the implementation of CBE programs.
Recorded on March 1, 2016
Hear from a variety of faculty across WGU's four colleges: how WGU faculty works together and with students.
Recorded October 10, 2017
Hear about some of the strategies that our partner community colleges have utilized to address student retention. The webinar includes several presentations, followed by a panel discussion.
Recorded on February 2, 2016
This webinar covers:
- UMUC's competency framework model
- Development of the ET, extended transcript
- Pilot results and how those are guiding transcript iterations
Recorded April 19, 2017
CBE learning models are highly successful with motivated students. Hear how four colleges use different strategies to attract the most motivated students.
Recorded January 12, 2016
In a flexible method of learning like CBE, how do you keep students progressing, on track, for completion of degree programs? WGU has specific strategies to increase student success and completion statistics. Hear what those are.
Recorded on March 1, 2017
CBE competencies need to align with the real-world skills that graduates will need in their chosen careers. Hear from a panel of representatives from higher education institutions that employ CBE on how they assure their programs truly reflect local workforce needs.
Recorded on December 1, 2015
This webinar offers three approaches to student orientation courses in a CBE model of learning, each focused on how to inform incoming students about how they will learn and progress in their CBE program.
Recorded February 15, 2017
How does faculty work together in a CBE model? Several professionals discuss a variety of methods they employ.
Recorded November 3, 2015
See various proctoring models and hear some best practices for assessment and proctoring credibility and security.
Recorded January 18, 2017
Several experienced developers and implementation specialists speak to what CBE is, reasons to choose this model, and how to implement CBE programs.
Recorded on October 6, 2015