The credit hour is the lingua franca of higher education.  From graduation requirements to financial aid allocation and more, the concept has valuable uses. But is the credit hour the best way to determine student learning?  

A recent proliferation of post-secondary, competency-based, degree programs suggests that student learning should be assessed by competence rather than credit hour.  Competency-based learning is hardly a new concept. With the support of online learning platforms which enable post-secondary, competency-based learning models to flourish, the last year has given rise to a new genre in the educational landscape.  However, the road to this educational utopia (dystopia?) has not been without its challenges.

During this webinar, Dr. Corrine Gordon, Assistant Clinical Professor, Personalized Learning from Northern Arizona University, delivers an engaging discussion on NAU’s development of their competency-based programs.

Questions Explored:

  • What are the opportunities and challenges in launching a competency-based program?
  • What is the process for developing competency-based programs?
  • How do you leverage learning analytics to enable effective student dashboards and drive success?
  • How are competency-based programs transcribed? 

View the video below, or use the link under the video window to download the video file. You can download the accompanying slide deck by clicking here.

Learn More About Pearson’s Partnership with NAU

View Inside Higher Ed’s article that highlights the partnership between NAU and Pearson. You can also read the testimonial for a more in depth look at how Pearson is working together to co-develop three fully online competency based baccalaureate degree programs.

Learn More About Online Learning

Visit Pearson’s Online Learning web page to learn more about how they can help your institution build and scale effective online or distance learning programs that facilitate online student success.  

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