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Confessions of a Community College Dean. The “policy wonk” level on this post is turned up to 11.

Confessions of a Community College Dean

You’ve been warned. If you haven’t seen Amy Laitinen’s excellent piece on the Education Department’s failure to engage with its own sanctioned experiments with competency-based education, check it out. (Admittedly, that may be the least catchy opening line ever.) Laitinen points out that when the DOE opened the door a couple of years ago for colleges and universities to offer degrees based on demonstrated competencies, rather than seat time, a fair number of colleges went for it.

But almost none have actually started, because the DOE is taking its sweet time in issuing guidance for how it wants CBE done. In other words, as an industry, we’re flooring the accelerator and the brake at the same time. “Guidance” matters in a host of ways. Which raises the obvious question: why not? Whatever Happened to the Department's Competency-Based Education Experiments?

About this time two years ago, President Obama went on his college affordability bus tour and unveiled his plan to take on the rising costs of higher education in front of thousands of students at SUNY Buffalo.

Whatever Happened to the Department's Competency-Based Education Experiments?

Promoting innovation and competition was a key part of his plan and President Obama held up competency-based education (CBE) up as one of the “innovative new ways to prepare our students for a 21st century economy and maintain a high level of quality without breaking the bank.” The President touted Southern New Hampshire University’s College for America CBE approach. The university “gives course credit based on how well students master the material, not just on how many hours they spend in the classroom,” he explained. “So the idea would be if you’re learning the material faster, you can finish faster, which means you pay less and you save money.” This earned applause from students in the audience as well as from CBE practitioners around the country. I know I sound grumpy. To Build or Buy an Adaptive Learning Model: Realizeit Makes a Run at the Adaptive Platform Market. By Brian Fleming, Senior Analyst When beginning the search for an adaptive learning technology vendor, start with one question: Do you want to build or buy your adaptive model?

To Build or Buy an Adaptive Learning Model: Realizeit Makes a Run at the Adaptive Platform Market

Your answer to this question will lead you down one of two paths in the selection process. The Buy Option: Adaptive Content Publishers This option includes publishers that produce their own content and make it available through their proprietary adaptive platforms or for purchase through integration with another platform. Content may include online courseware, e-textbooks, open digital resources, supplementary learning materials, simulations, games, and assessments. Video: Lessons From a Competency-Based Education Experiment - Leadership & Governance. By Jeffrey R.

Video: Lessons From a Competency-Based Education Experiment - Leadership & Governance

Young. ITC Distance Education. Complying with Copyright and Ownership Issues in Distance Education Oct. 27, 2015—2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. eastern timePresenter: Dr.

ITC Distance Education

Fritz Dolak, Copyright and Intellectual Property Office Manager and U.S. Copyright Office's Copyright Agent, Ball State University Mobile Technologies can Make Learning Engaging and FUN! Nov. 3, 2015—2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. eastern timePresenter: Jeannine Burgess, Instructional Technology, Palm Beach State College. The Competition for Adult Learners is Heating Up! By Max Woolf, Senior Analyst Given the increasingly competitive landscape for enrolling adult learners, we have been tracking the enrollment management technology landscape to better understand which partners provide impactful results.

The Competition for Adult Learners is Heating Up!

We recently spoke with Martin Lind, Education Vertical Director at Velocify, a cloud-based, software-as-a-service (SaaS) enrollment management company. Velocify offers technology to call centers that enhances campaign and inquiry management for colleges and universities competing for adult learners. Its technology platform tracks students from the time that an inquiry is received to the time that the student enrolls. Velocify currently serves a relatively focused group of about 150 clients. Academic Partnerships to pay faculty who include live online sessions in their courses. The online “enabler” company Academic Partnerships plans to share tuition revenue with faculty members at partnering universities as the company prepares a major update of its online education platform.

Academic Partnerships to pay faculty who include live online sessions in their courses

The revenue-sharing model is part of Academic Partnerships 3.0, the updated online education platform the company announced today. The platform supports asynchronous content, which online students can consume on their own time, but it will be updated this fall to support what CEO Randy Best described as blended learning in a fully online setting that is made available to an international audience. Academic Partnerships, like other enablers, helps colleges and universities with services associated with online education, such as curriculum development, enrollment management and marketing, and provides the software platform to offer courses online.

Here’s What Will Truly Change Higher Education: Online Degrees That Are Seen as Official. Photo Three years ago, technology was going to transform higher education.

Here’s What Will Truly Change Higher Education: Online Degrees That Are Seen as Official

What happened? Over the course of a few months in early 2012, leading scientists from Harvard, Stanford and M.I.T. started three companies to provide Massive Open Online Courses, or MOOCs, to anyone in the world with an Internet connection. The courses were free. Lumina-funded group seeks to lead conversation on competency-based education. Competency-based education appears to be higher education’s "next big thing.

Lumina-funded group seeks to lead conversation on competency-based education

" Yet many academics aren’t sure what it is. And that goes double for lawmakers and journalists. A new group is stepping in to try to clear up some of the confusion. Feds move ahead with experimental sites for competency-based education. WASHINGTON -- The U.S.

Feds move ahead with experimental sites for competency-based education

Department of Education will allow at least 40 colleges to experiment with competency-based education and prior learning assessment, granting them a waiver from certain rules that govern federal financial aid. The department last week notified colleges that had successfully applied to participate in the latest round of “experimental sites,” which observers said is more expansive than previous ones. “This is much more complicated than any experiment they have done,” said Amy Laitinen, deputy director of the New America Foundation's higher education program and a former official at the department and White House. It’s still unclear how many institutions are part of the federal project, as the department will not post its public notice for a few weeks. Higher education must change to reflect shifting student demographics.

The profile of today’s college-going population looks much different than it did decades ago, when the average student was a fresh-faced 18-year-old moving directly from high school to campus. Students today are older, more experienced in work, and more socioeconomically and racially diverse than their peers of decades past. But higher education has been slow to catch up to this new reality – to the detriment of thousands of students.

The ways we provide instruction, finance education, market the college experience, and measure student learning still look much like they did years ago. And as we cling to outdated models, thousands of the college students in this new demographic are dropping out and sinking into debt at higher-than-average rates. Recent reports, including one released last month by the Institute for Women’s Policy Research (IWPR), highlight this pressing problem. Creating a Sense of Connection: Online Education in the Modern Era. Creating a Sense of Connection: Online Education in the Modern Era Creating significant connections between students, faculty and staff helps to forge a connection between learners and their online institution, supporting retention and completion.

Anyone going back to college will have myriad options, and one of the first choices a new student has to make is between an online program and a classroom experience. Many people naturally assume it will be more enjoyable to learn where students gather in a traditional classroom setting, but this choice comes with structures that are limiting. The requirement to attend a class at a certain time every week becomes unworkable once you add the demands of a job, children or a spouse. The limits of the traditional approach are leading more students than ever to choose online learning that fits their busy lives.

Western Governors University created an online learning model that places student success at the center of all decisions. Opinions, Retention. Brandman U Adds Digital Badges for Competency Ed Students. Digital Badges. Info.wisconsin. The landscape of competency-based education: Enrollments, demographics, and affordability » AEI. Key Points Competency-based education (CBE), in which credit is provided on the basis of student learning rather than credit or clock hours, is starting to gain traction with educators and policymakers.CBE programs are often touted as a far more affordable route to college credit and a degree, but these claims often fail to account for assessment fees, differences in financial aid eligibility, and opportunity costs of time.Many questions about CBE remain to be answered before its wide adoption, including which students and degree programs are best suited for CBE, overall cost of CBE compared to more traditional programs, and how to lower out-of-pocket costs for students.

Read the PDF. Horizon Report > 2015 Higher Education Edition. Wake Up! The Competency Craze—Is it for You? Mapping the Competency-Based Education Universe Competency-based education (CBE) is gaining momentum, and higher education leaders are taking note of this unique market opportunity. Over the last several weeks, Eduventures has released a series of reports offering objective, relevant, and timely perspectives on this emerging market, including its size, key demand drivers, and a comprehensive landscape of the players, partners, and perspectives impacting its future growth. Here is an executive summary of our findings. Wake Up! Highlights and Trends 2014. CDB Fact or Fiction. Competency-Based-Education-and-Federal-Student-Aid. Competency-Based Education 2.0. Study finds mix of part-time and full-time enrollment can boost graduation rates.

Attending college full time isn’t always the best way to get to graduation, at least for adult community college students who have previously pursued a degree and dropped out. That’s the central finding of a new study from a coalition of five higher education groups. The data are based on 12 million student records from the National Student Clearinghouse. The American Council on Education (ACE), InsideTrack, NASPA: Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education, and the University Professional and Continuing Education Association (UPCEA) worked with the Clearinghouse to track the graduation and retention rates of non-first-time students.

Info.wisconsin. Insights on Competency-Based Education. By Senior Analyst, Brian Fleming Last week, Eduventures presented at the 20th Annual Online Learning Consortium (OLC) International Conference in Orlando, FL. Competency-based education gets a boost from the Education Department. The U.S. Kentucky’s Commonwealth College – United We Stand.

The Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education has a great history of statewide elearning innovation, see Kentucky Virtual Campus, Kentucky Virtual Library, Kentucky Virtual Adult Education, and Learn on Demand. In a partnership among its colleges, they are increasing the capacity to assist with adult degree completion. I was on that “national experts” panel that he cites and the progress is very exciting. Thank you to Al Lind for this update and the entire WCET community wishes him the greatest of joy as he pursues innovative ways to enjoy retirement. Competency-Based Degrees: Coming Soon to a Campus Near You. Give competency-based college programs a chance: Column. As students spend the next few weeks completing their college applications, a question is hanging in the air: Is college worth it?

Leblanc accreditation cbe. Cbe federal regs. Nau example cbe transcript. Competency-based education gets a boost from the Education Department. Competency-based bachelor's from Brandman could be glimpse of the future. Brandman University’s competency-based bachelor’s degree gives a glimpse of where the increasingly popular form of higher education might be headed. The new bachelor of business administration is fully online. There are no textbooks. Students can access 30,000 pages of course material for the degree (not all of it required) on their tablets or smartphones. Content is personalized, and responds to the 44 currently enrolled students based on their progress. Cael. Cael. Conversation about Competency-Based Education. Community Colleges Adapt to CBE for the Benefit of Their Students.

At your cooperative, we’re always happy to share the learning of our members. Sharing with us today is Sally Johnstone, Vice President for Academic Advancement at Western Governors University, about the work WGU has done with community colleges to launch CBE programs and the resources they have produced, which are open to all. As some of you may be aware, Western Governors University has been working with almost a dozen community colleges across the country for the last two years. Competency-Based Education: Not just a drinking game -e-Literate. Ray Henderson captured the changing trend of the past two EDUCAUSE conferences quite well. U-Pace. UWM U-Pace Instructional Method. Competency-based education arrives at three major public institutions. Competency Based Education Author Ford from CILSS. Educause. 10 Easy Ways to Learn Online in 2015.