The Problem with Competency-Based Learning

Faculty who switch to competency-based learning courses often find themselves doing nothing else but teaching to the test.

Reported by Inside Higher Ed, preparing students to successfully complete the final project or exam is the primary and often sole goal of a competency-based course.

But in doing so, many faculty find themselves skipping past relevant topics they are personally passionate about teaching and their traditional course students love learning.

The takeaway? While competency-based education can provide dramatic time and cost savings for students looking to complete their degree efficiently, how do we make sure these students don’t miss out on important learnings not explicitly on the final exam?

May you continue to fight the good enrollment growth fight at your institution today, and we’ll see you again tomorrow.

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Eric Olsen

Eric brings more than a decade of award-winning creative brand development, marketing analytics and higher education experience to Helix Education. Eric is a graduate of Bradley University and earned his MBA at Lewis University.