Competency-based education is all the rage: What is it?

Kimberly K. Estep, The Tennessean, Apr 06, 2015
Commentary by Stephen Downes
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James Morrison recommends this article as "the clearest explanation of CBE that I have read." As the author, Kimberly K. Estep, makes clear, "simply put, competency-based education measures learning rather than seat time." Put like that, how could anyone possibly object to competency-based education? And here's why it works: "He enrolled in WGU Tennessee and moved quickly through basic IT coursework and was able to spend more time on material he was unfamiliar with. Phillip completed his bachelor's degree in 10 months and then went on to earn his master's degree in Information Security Assurance in a single term." On your way to certification, you zip through the stuff you already know and linger on the stuff you're unfamiliar with. Why would you do it any other way?

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