B.Y.O.L.: Following the Science—Transitioning to Competency-based Thinking

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Learning Solutions Conference & Expo 2016 - March 16, 2016

Erin Berman

Instructional Designer/QA Project Manager
Radford University

Research proves students learn best when doing; information strengthens schemas leading to long-term retention. Yet instructors often feel bound by the constraints of an online classroom. Since they do not meet face-to-face, it can be hard to find ways to encourage active application of information and combat the student fear of failure.

In this session, you will learn about the research related to competency-based assessments. You will be able to explain how, with a few simple design elements, you and instructors can present students with a holistic learning environment which promotes active application of material and supports failure as an opportunity to enhance learning.

In this session, you will learn:

  • What competency-based education is
  • What recent research says related to course competencies
  • How to write course objectives focused on mastering competencies
  • Ways to assess competencies
  • Why failure has to be an option and what to do about it

Audience:
Novice and intermediate designers.

Technology discussed in this session:
N/A

Participant technology requirements:
None.

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