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Learning Frameworks

Tools for Building a Better Educational Experience

June 19, 2019

Learning frameworks define what an individual learner can do by detailing the application of knowledge in various contexts—education, military, and employment. This paper outlines the roles that learning frameworks play in the emerging ecosystem of connected learning—why they matter and how they can bring disparate pieces of the learning ecosystem together for greater portability and documentation of learning in all the places it unfolds. The paper concludes with a focus on technological innovations as a source of future directions for learning frameworks connectivity.

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Moving From the Legacy Student Hour Toward a Comprehensive Measure of Student Learning

Examining Benefits of a Competency-Based Taxonomy of Learning

May 30, 2019

This publication examines current challenges with the articulation of learning and argues that a new means of articulating learning is necessary. Specifically, drawbacks and inefficiencies developed to accommodate the credit hour measure of student learning are examined. As an alternative, a new competency-based measure of learning is proposed.

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The Learner Revolution: How Colleges Can Thrive in a New Skills and Competencies Marketplace

Reflections from five years of applied human-centered design at 100+ institutions

March 14, 2019

Higher education is in the throes of a learner revolution that will fundamentally change the way students and institutions interact. Work-relevant skills and competencies should be at the center of institutional leaders’ plans as they strive to meet students’ expectations, says this report. The report includes five models that traditional institutions can use to meet the changing demands of today’s learners.

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National Survey of Competency-Based Education

State of the Field report, Findings from the 2018 survey

January 23, 2019

More colleges and universities view competency-based education (CBE) programs as a model to serve nontraditional students and improve workforce readiness. This report summarizes findings from a survey of college and university leaders that sought to better understand whether, how, when, why, and for whom institutions in the United States are using CBE.

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Developing an Open, Public-Private Data Infrastructure for the Talent Marketplace

T3 Innovation Network Phase 1 Report

October 29, 2018

This report summarizes and brings to a close phase one of the T3 Network. The report is divided into two parts. Part I focuses on the T3 Network’s vision, guiding principles, and profiles the work groups. Part II highlights the T3 Network’s recommendations, organized as a list of pilot projects that together provide the foundation for an open, distributed, public-private data infrastructure that supports access and opportunity for the American student and worker. The report concludes with next steps and acknowledgments.

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How Competency-Based Education May Help Reduce Our Nation’s Toughest Inequities

November 8, 2017

This paper considers how CBE can be used to educate, equip, and empower learners who struggle in postsecondary learning programs because of who they are and where they live. Recommended starting points — places and programs — are provided throughout the paper to highlight where and how CBE providers can prioritize equity.

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Focus magazine, Summer 2017: Real-life learning

Competency-based programs are helping redefine the postsecondary landscape

September 1, 2017

Summer 2017 issue of Focus shines a light on postsecondary institutions that are going all-in on designing programs that are fully competency-based from the ground up. The stories in this issue shows how powerful such an approach can be, especially for students from varied backgrounds and with a wide array of learning needs.

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Quality Principles and Standards for Competency-Based Education Programs

May 2, 2017

These principles and standards were developed in response to a growing need for definitions of quality as it relates to competency-based education. They can provide guideposts and assurances to policymakers and accreditors tasked with regulating this vibrant, and still emerging, field of practice.

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Competency-Based Education

A Study of Four New Models and Their Implications for Bending the Higher Education Cost Curve

October 11, 2016

A report from rpkGROUP proposes that competency-based education has the potential to produce significant cost savings for colleges and students alike, while also offering students faster pathways to demonstrate content mastery. At the same time, the report emphasizes that the advantages of CBE require “patient capital,” as the time to reach the point where annual revenues at least equal operating expenses may take five years or more.

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Next-Generation CBE

Designing Competency-Based Education for Underprepared College Learners

July 25, 2016

Competency-based education could be an important piece of the national movement to increase educational access, equity, and credential attainment, suggests this report from Jobs for the Future. The study is the first in a series that examines the question of how to adapt CBE for adults who need to boost basic skills in order to succeed in college coursework.

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