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Thursday, May 24 • 11:40am - 12:30pm
Is Competency-Based Education Heading North of the Border?

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The modern, online version of competency-based education (CBE) is taking off in the US. In 2015 as many as 600 American institutions had implemented, or were in the process of implementing, CBE programs; this is a significant increase from 52 institutions the year before. CBE allows the learner to progress through a program by successfully challenging assessments, often at a personalized pace. This method of technology-enabled learning separates the learner from such barriers as time, location and pacing, allowing the student to progress on their own terms. The flexibility of CBE has led to a rapid expansion in the US, particularly for non-traditional learners. As MAESD looks to invest in flexible and innovatively designed programs for the non-traditional learner, this session will explore the fundamentals of CBE, trends in the US market and implications for higher education in Ontario.

A summary of research findings, funded by eCampusOntario, will be shared alongside lessons learned from a variety of US institutions (Sinclair Community College, Brandman University, Valdosta State University, Austin Community College, Texas A&M, etc.). Topics will include program operations, student support and interaction, program development and technological considerations. In an informal and interactive setting, this session will provide participants with an opportunity to draw on their experiences (via discussion and smartphone-enabled activities) with new educational modalities and gain access to an online "how to" resource.

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Evan DiValentino

Program Manager, Business, Continuing Education, Mohawk College
As a Program Manager in Mohawk College's Continuing Education department, Evan utilizes his experiences in teaching, consulting, applied research and social enterprise to identify and develop professionally-aligned training and academic programs. evan.divalentino@mohawkcollege.ca... Read More →
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Bobbijo Sawchyn

Bobbijo is an independent researcher and writer, Bobbijo began her career with Mohawk in program quality. She has since dedicated her focus on credit transfer and innovative learning techniques in higher education. bobbi@sawchynswriting.com

Thursday May 24, 2018 11:40am - 12:30pm EDT
(SC) Mezzanine, Alumni Lounge, and Club Rooms