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Personalized, Adaptive and Competency-Based Education: Do You Know the Difference?

Cherron Hoppes (Helix Education, USA)
Session Information
July 7, 2015 - 5:30pm
Institutional Leadership & Strategy
Areas of Special Interest: 
Institutional Initiatives
Major Emphasis of Presentation: 
Innovation and Experimentation
Institutional Level: 
Universities and Four Year Institutions
Audience Level: 
Session Type: 
Discovery Session
Plaza Foyer
Session Duration: 
60 Minutes
Discovery Session 1

Need clarity around Personalized Learning, Adaptive Learning and Competency-Based Education? Explore how these models work, and what they can mean to your school and students.

Extended Abstract

Emerging instructional methods like Personalized Learning and Adaptive Learning, as well as education models like Competency-Based Education have educators re-thinking the teaching and learning experience. They each present new ways to deliver content, engage students and measure outcomes. Yet, how do institutions know which is right for their faculty and students? Are these approaches interchangeable, complementary, or significantly different?

While the education industry becomes more definitive, this session will explore industry definitions of each approach, providing insight into the foundations, indicators, considerations and data that support each model. Leaders will discuss the fundamental differences in the way content is delivered and the ways students interact with content.

Despite the increase in media and analyst attention over Personalized Learning, Adaptive Learning, and Competency-Based Education, there is still confusion over how each of these models and instructional methods work and how they work together. Are they interchangeable, complementary, or significantly different? What is involved in the transition to each, and how do schools anticipate which one(s) is right for them?

This session is based on Helix Education's white paper, "Instructional Methods and Education Models Shaping the Future of Higher Education." Attendees will learn to define and differentiate these various approaches and determine how they align with their institution's goals and objectives.

This session will address:
Overall definitions of each approach and their respective roles in the teaching and learning process
Benefits of each approach from a student, faculty, and administrative perspective
Industry research on the current state of each approach, as well as predictions of how each will change the education landscape as we know it
The role of data in each approach
Key questions to ask internally when considering these approaches
Transition strategies to implement new instructional methods and education models

Attendees will have the opportunity to relate each model to their institution's current offerings and future outlook. They will learn how to apply the right approach or combination of approaches to enhance the teaching and learning experience.

*This session also has been accepted for the OLC ET4OL Conference in April 2015.