Competency based education (or competency based learning) is one of those buzzwords that I hear thrown around often in the education world, but I talk to a lot of people who don’t really grasp the concept well and have no clue how they’d go about implementing it in their classroom. I’d even say that some folks I talk to are already doing it to some degree but haven’t necessarily associated the label with what they’re doing in their classroom. We’ve looked at competency based learning before, and yesterday, we looked at some of the benefits it offers, but Mia MacMeekin puts it together in 5 easy steps in the handy infographic below. Keep reading to learn more.
What is competency based education?
The goal of competency based education is to demonstrate a set of skills and knowledge in a selected field through authentic assessments. It allows students to learn what they need to learn in the way they learn best.
Define and state the ultimate goal. What does the program wish to achieve?
Design the path. What does the student need to accomplish the ultimate goal? These will become the competencies.
Design authentic assessments for each competency.
Add an array of content discovery resources. Create learning options.
Gamify the course to encourage motivation, curiosity, and success.