Competency Based Education

Self-Paced Module | Central Texas Blended Workshop

Source of Content

This content has been curated based on the presentation, Exploring Competency-Based Education from the Ground Up, given by Juila Freeland of the Christensen Institute at the Raising Blended Learners Workshop on February 4, 2016.

Task: 1.0 Review Objectives

Review the following 3 objectives for this online module.
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Section 1.1: The Factory Model

  • View Competency-Based Education Clip 1 below and the associated slides.
  • Pay special attention to that which concerns or bothers you relating to the Factory Based Model of Education.
Competency-Based Education, Clip 1
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Reflection 1.1: The Factory Model

  • After viewing the video clip and associated slides...
  • Use this Google Doc to reflect on the Reflection 1.1. questions.
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Section 1.2: The Competency-Based Model

  • View Competency-Based Education Clip 2 below and the associated slides.
  • Pay special attention to the relationship between time and learning and how it differs from the Factory Model.
Competency-Based Education, Clip 2
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Reflection 1.2: Competency-Based Model

  • After viewing the video clip and associated slides...
  • Use this Google Doc to reflect on the Reflection 1.2 questions.
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Section 1.3 Working Definition for Competency-Based Education

  • View Competency-Based Education Clip 3 below and the associated slides.
  • Pay special attention to the concept of what makes up High-quality competency-based learning.
Competency-Based Education, Clip 3
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Reflection 1.3: Working Definition For Competency-Based Education

  • After viewing the video clip and associated slides...
  • Use this Google Doc to reflect on the Reflection 1.3 questions.
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Section 1.4: Rethinking Time in Competency-Based Education

  • View Competency-Based Education Clip 4 below and the associated slides.
  • Pay special attention to the distinction regarding how we might think about time in a competency-based education model.
Competency-Based Education, Clip 4
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Reflection 1.4: Rethinking Time in Competency-Based Learning

  • After viewing the video clip and associated slides...
  • Use this Google Doc to reflect on the Reflection 1.4 questions.
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Section 1.5: Competency-Based Education Philosophy

  • View Competency-Based Education Clip 5 below and the associated slides.
  • Pay special attention to your initial thoughts on how students progress through competency-based progressions.
Competency-Based Education, Clip 5
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Reflection 1.5: Competency-Based Education Philosophy

  • After viewing the video clip and associated slides...
  • Use this Google Doc to reflect on the Reflection 1.5 questions.
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Section 1.6: How can Blended Learning support Competency-Based Education?

  • View Competency-Based Education Clip 6 below and the associated slides.
  • Pay special attention to the characteristics of Blended Learning which support Competency-Based Education.
Competency-Based Education, Clip 6
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Reflection 1.6: How can Blended Learning support Competency-Based Learning?


  • After viewing the video clip and associated slides...
  • Use this Google Doc to reflect on the Reflection 1.6 questions.
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Section 1.7: Blended Learning Models & Competency-Based Education

  • Review the Blended Learning Model diagrams below (go here for a refresher on the details/definitions of these models)
  • Pay special attention to the characteristics of these models and how they may encourage or impede a Competency-Based Model.

Blended Learning Models Most Likely to Support Competencey Based Learning

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Questions to Consider if You are Pursuing a Sustaining Model

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Reflection 1.7: Blended Learning Models & Competency-Based Education

  • After viewing the Blended Learning Models and associated slides/sites
  • Use this Google Doc to reflect on the Reflection 1.7 questions.
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Section 1.8: Key Questions for the Competency-Based Model

  • Review the key questions represented in the slides below and in the reflection 1.8 questions
  • Pay special attention to the questions that may represent a difference of opinion amongst your team. Use the reflection prompts to get the the heart of the matter and keep your team moving forward.
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Reflection 1.8: Key Questions for the Competency-Based Model

  • After viewing the Key Questions slides...
  • Use this Google Doc to reflect on the Reflection 1.8 questions.
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Reflection 1.9: Overall Reflections

  • After exploring Sections 1.0-1.8 (all the content up to this point)
  • Use this Google Doc to reflect on the Reflection 1.9 questions.

Additional Resources

Exploring Competency-Based Learning From the Ground Up

Content Info & Support Contact

This content has been curated based on the presentation, Exploring Competency-Based Education from the Ground Up, given by Juila Freeland of the Christensen Institute at the Raising Blended Learners Workshop on February 4, 2016.


Please reach out to tracy@catalexander.com if you have any questions or comments regarding this online module.