Do you know about Competency-Based Learning? (#cworks)

For several years, a group of people have been researching competency-based learning with support of the International Association for K-12 Online Learning (iNACOL), the Nellie Mae Foundation, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the National Governor’s Association, Jobs for the Future, Donnell-Kay Foundation, American Youth Policy Forum, Metis Net and others.  With this support, groups of people have written a variety of documents about Competency-Based Learning.  A “Competency-Based Summit,” the first of it’s kind, was held in March 2011.

In a nutshell, Competency Based Learning is: aligning all of our resources (in schools, the community, and online) around student learning to enable students to progress upon mastery.  Essentially, student progress is measured by mastery of content and not by time (e.g. quarters or semesters). Important elements of competency-based learning include:

  • Students advance upon mastery
  • Competencies include explicit, measurable, transferable learning objectives that empower students
  • Assessment occurs when students learn material and is a meaningful and positive experience
  • Students receive timely, personalized and differentiated support based on their individual learning needs
  • Learning outcomes emphasize competencies that include application and creation of knowledge, along with the development of important skills and concepts

Recently, iNACOL sponsored a webinar where several schools and school districts shared their experiences with competency-based learning.  You can view the session here (via Bb Collarborate) or listen the podcast below:

CompetencyWorks Webinar 2012-08-23 by inacol

A variety of resources regarding competency-based learning have been developed which are listed below:


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