It’s official, competency-based education has made a name for itself. It’s been summarized in the education trade press as a technology to watch. Education associations such as WCET and EDUCAUSE are covering it in their research. Even the U.S. Department of Education has carved out a spot for it on its website, defining this approach, its benefits and examples.
At Helix Education, we believe competency-based education can have a tremendous impact on the future of higher education. As such, we are grateful to have the insight and expertise of two new team members who are helping us to shape and deliver our competency-based education vision. Both bring an academic perspective, having been deeply involved in the development and implementation of competency-based education at large institutions.
Steve Pappageorge has joined Helix Education as Chief Product Officer and Senior Vice President. Steve previously served as Dean of the College of Continuing Education, New Programs and Outreach at DeVry University, where he was responsible for the successful expansion of its continuing education programs, including the development of its competency-based learning initiative and initial MOOC offerings. He also oversaw new academic program development and the 21st Century Classroom technology initiative, as well as steered academic outreach. Additionally, he led the design and implementation of the university’s Student Central organization, the 2012 Stevie Silver Award winner for innovation in customer service.
Another recent hire here at Helix Education is Tom Caswell, who joins us from Western Governor’s University. Tom has come on board as Director of Instructional Design. He is credited with developing over 120 courses and shared competency-based models with numerous community colleges through a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Previously, Tom led the Open Course Library in building open courses for the Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges (SBCTC), where his work was featured in EDUCAUSE’s Game Changers. He has consulted for MIT, Creative Commons, the OpenCourseWare Consortium, and the Open University of Catalonia in Barcelona. From 2005 to 2008, he developed eduCommons, an OpenCourseWare platform funded by the Hewlett Foundation at Utah State University. He has also taught French and Computer Science in Utah and California high schools.
Welcome aboard Steve and Tom – we’re thrilled to have you on the team.