Online Learning Update

December 31, 2013

Blazing the Trail: Competency-Based Education at SNHU: A Brief Q&A with Paul LeBlanc

Filed under: Online Learning News — Ray Schroeder @ 12:09 am

By Mary Grush, Campus Technology

Southern New Hampshire University’s competency-based program, College for America, is opening up new options for the assessment of student learning. It’s also turning the notion of the traditional credit hour, and all it supports, on its ear. Paul LeBlanc: Competency-based education is a hot topic right now, but in reality it’s been around for a long time — some would argue 30 or even 40 years. A whole host of institutions have worked in this space: important institutions like Excelsior, Charter Oak State College, and more recently, Western Governors University. They have really moved the dial on how we think about education and measuring outcomes and competencies. What’s different now, though, is that we’ve crossed a line and moved into a new generation of competency-based programs — and here I would include our program, College for America — that are actually fully untethered from the credit hour.

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