Competency Based Education in Higher Edu

I have been watching this topic gain momentum with interest.

As an educator in the Australian VET system for a long time, I have been involved in designing and developing resources and  assessments for competency based education.  Watching the  traps that educators fall into when implementing CBT and falling into them myself has changed my view of strategies for implementation.  Two of the main problems (although there are more) are over assessment and a lack of holistic approaches.  CBT tends to encourage modular approaches to education and aided by poor learning design and delivery through learning management systems (LMS), learners are often not exposed to authentic learning that prepares them for the workplace.

It is easier to assess each individual performance criteria instead of looking holistically at the course outcomes. The thinking around assessment approaches is mostly to blame. For example using the LMS to generate endless quizzes is less time consuming both in development and marking but really provides little or no benefit to the learner who will eventually need to use the knowledge and skills in the workplace. Is this approach to assessment valid and what does the learner really learn?  I suggest, not much that would be considered deep or rich learning.

What needs to occur with implementation of CBT in higher ed is also a full and open review of delivery and assessment approaches.  Learner-centred approaches will mean that higher ed is tipped upside down but this is necessary  if institutions are to remain relevant to today’s learners.  This is a total paradigm shift although the time is right and CBT in higher ed will be better for it.


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Here’s a common scenario: I “quickly” look up something on Wikipedia, and hours later I have 47 tabs open as I delve into tangential aspects of the topic.

That’s the beauty of hypertext. A link takes you somewhere else, which contains other links that take you somewhere else yet again. The Internet is thus the perfect vehicle for explaining the concept of rhizomatic learning.

Rhizomatic learning is something that I have been superficially aware of for a while. I had read a few blog posts by Dave Cormier (the godfather of the philosophy) and I follow the intrepid Soozie Bea (a card-carrying disciple), but unfortunately I missed Dave’s #rhizo14 mooc earlier in the year.

Since I’ve been blogging about the semantics of education lately, I thought it high time to dig a little deeper.

Bamboo with rhizome

It seems to me that rhizomatic learning is the pedagogical antithesis of direct instruction

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Sept 2014 Today is the start of a new direction

I was looking for some useful information on Learner Analytics (LA) for cloud based learning and I found a very gifted thought-smith and researcher by the name of Erik Duval who is expanding thinking about  LA outside learning management systems.  He really grabbed by attention because I have been grappling with how to capture learning episodes in the cloud.

I then followed Erik’s link to his Word Press blog and although I am a Blogger, I decided to reactivate my Word Press in Erik’s honour.  You see, I found out that Erik is ill with cancer and I thought that he was very brave to share this with us so this is my small token of my appreciation for his work.

Here is Erik’s presentation so enjoy.

By the way, I would also like to thank Erik on another level. With troubles swirling around on a daily basis, mistrust, disrespect and all those associated feelings of stress, I have decided that my lot in life is very much not as difficult at this time as Erik’s and so I have made a choice today to rise above all that and continue working hard toward improving what I see is an antiquated way of providing learning opportunities for our adult learners.

Erik posted about something that I came across in University over 15 years ago and that was the ‘imposter syndrome’.  This is where you worry that you shouldn’t be where you are, that someone may find out that you are an imposter, that perhaps your ideas are worthless……Yes Erik, I have been a long sufferer of said syndrome and like the post, I am going to use it to spur me on.

Two more quotes that I came across recently are these:

Good leaders surround themselves by good leaders;

People don’t leave organisations, they leave bad managers.







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