Do You Know What to Ask Before Taking on Competency-Based Education?

We can help you take CBE to the drawing board and give it the planning and preparation it needs.

We’ve said it before, but it’s one of those things that is worth repeating – competency-based education (CBE) takes careful planning. Lucky for us and for you, we have several team members who have extensive experience in early CBE implementations. They know what works, what doesn’t, and just where those “gottcha” moments can sneak up on you.

Our team sat down and reflected back on their experiences and came up with a list of key areas for consideration, from models and academic strategies to policies and regulations. You can find these key questions and then some in our newly published article, “How Ready are you for Competency-Based Education?”.

So, if you are thinking of making the move to CBE, we encourage you to ask your team and your partners these key questions before you get started. In the meantime, here’s a high level snapshot of topics you and your colleagues will need to address as you transition to CBE:

  • Model Definition and Selection
  • Programs and Curriculum
  • Financial Aid
  • Service
  • Policies
  • Technology
  • Accreditation

Because of the nature of CBE, it is still a learning process for most institutions. Remember to be flexible and open to change as you go – it will be worth it!

Tom Caswell

Tom brings over 15 years of experience in instructional technology and course development to the Helix Education Team as the Director of Instructional Design. Tom holds an Ed.S. in Instructional Technology and Learning Sciences from Utah State University and a Master’s in Educational Technology from Cal State University.