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22st Annual OLC International Conference
November 16-18, 2016 | Orlando, Florida | Walt Disney World Swan/Dolphin Resort

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Frameworks & Foundations For Scalable, Sustainable Competency-Based Programs

Ted Curran (Pearson, USA)
Tara Kai (Pearson, USA)
Session Information
October 29, 2014 - 8:30am
Institutional Level: 
Multiple Levels
Audience Level: 
Session Type: 
HBCU Interactive Workshop
Americas Seminar
Session Duration: 
3 Hours
Workshop Session 1

**Please note** - This is an HBCU workshop. Annual Conference attendees are welcome to register at an additional fee. Space is limited; first priority registration will be given to HBCU affiliates.

Whether you are looking to learn more about competency-based education for future projects or how to apply it to existing programs, this workshop hosted be the Emerging Learning Model and Consulting Services team of Pearson, will further your understanding of the topic. You will be able to gauge your organization’s readiness for competency-based education and understand how to implement a successful program. Details include:

  • Information about the benefits of adopting competency-based education
  • An understanding of how it is similar and different from traditional programs
  • Awareness of emerging best practices in design, development, and implementation
  • Knowledge of the design, technology, and change management processes needed to launch a successful program
  • Case studies from leading Competency-based Education pioneers such as Northern Arizona University, Western Governor's University, The Texas Higher Ed Coordinating Board, and more

In an effort to customize our program, we are asking attendees to complete a pre-event self assessment regarding your institution's competency-based education (CBE) readiness. This should take no more than 5 minutes.

If you are able to complete this brief questionnaire prior to Monday, October 27, it would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you for your time - We look forward to seeing you in Orlando!


Lead Presenter
Ted Curran

Ted Curran (Pearson, USA)

Ted Curran is an Instructional Technologist doing Research and Development for Pearson Education’s Emerging Models division. Ted’s lengthening resume in outcomes-aligned, project-based learning has spanned from teaching Digital Media Arts and English Language Arts in charter high schools (notably with Envision Schools) to training and supporting instructors’ use of technology and pedagogy at Samuel Merritt University. Ted also actively blogs on topics of education technology at TedCurran.net, Google+, and Twitter.

Tara Kai  Tara Kai (Pearson, USA)
 Tara Kai is an Academic Consultant for Pearson Higher Education Services. As a member of Pearson’s Emerging Models and Consulting Services team, she is the lead LOM (Learning Outcome Manager) trainer, and consults in outcome and learning analytics, professional development and student success & retention. For the past 15 years, she has worked on faculty development, outcome-based education, curriculum development, compliance & accreditation, and assessment & analytics for University of Miami, Miami International University, and Education Management Corporation. She earned her BA & MA in American Literary Studies, English Literature and Media Studies at the University of Paderborn in Germany.