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Shattering Traditional Frameworks: Competency-Based Assessment in the Digital Age

Don Kassner (ProctorU, USA)
Session Information
July 8, 2014 - 5:30pm
Blended Models and Course Design
Areas of Special Interest: 
Blended Program/Degree
Major Emphasis of Presentation: 
Best Practices
Institutional Level: 
Multiple Levels
Audience Level: 
Session Type: 
Electronic Poster
Plaza Foyer
Session Duration: 
60 Minutes
Electronic Poster Session

Assessment models have remained suspended in traditional frameworks and their failure to keep pace with high-tech distance learner demand will have long-lasting affects.

Extended Abstract

How can traditional higher education programs learn from competency-based assessment strategies? Existing assessment models remain suspended in a traditional framework and have not kept pace with the high-tech environment distance education students currently demand. Competency-based education will disrupt the traditional instruction models by offering more flexibility, reduced cost and an accelerated path to success. In today's hyper- connected environments, students have access to a plethora of online learning resources. Educators and institutions must develop a secure structure for assessing knowledge in a manner that reduces the spiraling costs of face-to-face learning. A competency-based model offers a self-paced approach that meets the needs of nontraditional students seeking skills for the highly competitive, worldwide workplace.

Attendees can expect to learn the following:

  • • Why is a competency-based approach superior for assessing student outcomes?
  • • What secure technologies can be used to advance this shift?
  • • How do competency-based programs reinforce engagement between students and instructors?
  • • What kinds of structural changes must be made to our current education system to implement such a system?
Lead Presenter

Don is the former president of Andrew Jackson University and is a co-founder of ProctorU. Don provides leadership for the company through its four pillars: Integrity, Service, Simplicity and Fun. Don works out of the Livermore, Calif. office, but still owns a home in Hoover, Ala. Don studied and taught at San Jose State University where he earned a bachelor's and master's in economics.