Competency-Based Education

Reinstatement of ATB: What you need to know

A Skills Gap? Or a Communication Gap? How Digital Badges Can Be a Bridge

Almost everyone in the field of education is familiar with the tongue-in-cheek quip, “Hey, Cs Get Degrees!” While some college students may be comforted by this concept, the rest of us cringe at the idea of having stiches removed, teeth cleaned, or costly insurance claims coded by someone who merely learned enough just to get by. In response to this problem, there has been a growing demand for better evidence of a college graduate’s knowledge and skills, oftentimes independent of grades.

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Two names you need to know in the field of digital badges

As some of the regular readers of this blog are already aware, Wonderlic has recently launched a nationwide initiative in the area of digital competency badges for the job placement of college graduates. As part of our organization’s continued quest to learn about the many uses and benefits of digital badges in the education space, we have identified other pioneers in the badge community and have engaged them in some very fruitful, stimulating discussions about the future of digital badges. Read more about Two names you need to know in the field of digital badges

Revamping the resume with digital badges

Many graduates struggle to effectively showcase their talent to employers, and many of them are consequently unable to find gainful employment. Revamping the resume with digital badges can help graduates showcase their skills and help companies identify talent.

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How badging by competency promotes the college-to-career path

Transcripts, certificates, and the like serve as the most commonly-accepted proof that a college graduate has met the graduation criteria of their program of study. While it is a fairly common practice for employers to accept such documents as proof that a recent graduate is qualified for a job opening, this process has a lot of room for improvement. The items below represent the top 3 reasons how badging by competency can offer more precise, robust, and useful data concerning the job readiness of a recent graduate:

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Competency-Based Instruction

As the competency-based education (CBE) movement has continued to gain traction in higher education, we have seen numerous iterations of CBE evolve into their own respective mini-movements. At their core, all iterations of CBE possess the same tenets of being personalized to the learner and measuring the mastery of competencies through some form of direct assessment. However, while some of these iterations are entirely self-paced and found exclusively online, others are not yet decoupled from time and are delivered primarily in the classroom.  Read more about Competency-Based Instruction

How competency-based programs can bridge the skills gap

Some critics say that our country’s postsecondary institutions are incapable of keeping up with projected growth in the middle-skill occupations. According to their projections, the U.S. will face a shortage of 5 million workers by 2020, and this is due to the fact that "education and workforce development institutions aren’t closely aligned with these sectors to meet the growing demand". Read more about How competency-based programs can bridge the skills gap

Do students think they’re job ready?

The long-held suspicion that there is a misalignment of student beliefs and employer expectations regarding the current skills gap crisis was empirically confirmed recently when the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AACU) released certain survey data that included responses from 400 business executives and 613 college students on the topic of college learning and career readiness. In conjunction with AACU’s release, The Chronicle of Higher Education published an article bleakly titled, “College Students Think They’re Ready for the Workforce. Read more about Do students think they’re job ready?

Can Competencies Oust Outcomes?

I was recently reading through a heated exchange on an online competency-based education discussion forum when I came across the following statement from an exasperated educator: “Why are we bothering to talk about CBE? Why don’t we just get back to measuring outcomes?!” I was shocked. Read more about Can Competencies Oust Outcomes?

Retention Tension: Dropouts, Engagement and Competency-Based Education

As an academic director, faculty frequently sent struggling students to my office. These students were at risk of being kicked out or doing their best to drop out. From high absenteeism to nonexistent study habits, there was a host of symptoms that contributed to the students’ challenges. But, regardless of the symptoms, I found that student engagement was at the heart of the matter. Read more about Retention Tension: Dropouts, Engagement and Competency-Based Education

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