Breaking the Boundaries of Higher Education with Competency-Based Education

IMS Global, Dec 08, 2017
Commentary by Stephen Downes

As I mentioned yesterday, there's a lot of interest (and a lot of money being spent) on competencies and competency-based education. I'm not sure this is money well spent, but there's no shortage of proponents. This article describes a case study at the University of Wisconsin. "Choosing which degrees are offered within the Flexible Option program was and is the result of market research. Students asked for a business degree often because they have prior related knowledge. This novel program allows students to progress through the coursework at their own pace. In fact, even the tuition system is different; it’s subscription-based. Students pay a flat rate for three months and can complete as much learning as they can during that time; then renew for the next three month period." There's more on the role of IMS standards on competency-based learning.

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