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Investing in competency-based education (CBE)

“Transitioning away from seat time, in favor of a structure that creates flexibility, allows students to progress as they demonstrate mastery of academic content, regardless of time, place, or pace of learning. Competency-based strategies provide flexibility in the way that credit can be earned or awarded, and provide students with personalized learning opportunities.”
U.S. Department of Education

What is CBE?

Competency-based education (CBE) is an alternative to the credit hour based system of credentialing. Student progress is based on demonstration of proficiency and/or mastery as measured through assessments and/or through application of credit for prior learning. In competency-based education programs, time is the variable and student competency mastery is the focus, and we are dedicated to helping higher education institutions integrate CBE into your learners' educational experience.

Getting your campus ready for CBE

Planning for CBE, including setting clear institutional vision, goals, strategies, and program metrics is essential for the success of CBE. Institutional policy decisions from financial aid to faculty workload and compensation may need expansion or revision. Institutional practices across enrollment, course registration, business services, curriculum design, course delivery, instructor roles, and student support may need to be restructured to support CBE learners. We can help you get ready for all of these things.

Our technology can support your CBE offering

As you go through the process of defining your offering, you need to understand how your technology supports your CBE programs. Consulting is available to support these decisions—Blackboard Consulting can help by offering robust assessment capabilities for both objective and authentic assessment. Similarly, Blackboard Learn supports your CBE programs with curriculum model creation and standards alignment, as well as content and tools for creating engaging and differentiated learning pathways. In addition, in the October 2015 release, Blackboard provided a new goal performance dashboard, designed for tracking performance in CBE programs.


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