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How the University of Wisconsin System Used Their LMS to Deliver Competency-Based Programs

Ryan Anderson

Director of Instructional Design and Development University of Wisconsin-Extension

Mike Moore

Senior Advisory Consultant

D2L

Agenda

What is CBE?

Why now?

Why Flex was created

CBE impact on students/faculty

Brightspace and CBE

Q&A

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Poll Question

What is your experience level with competency-based education?

A. Expert We have had our own programming for a while.

B. Some experience We’ve begun piloting some programming.

C. Getting ready We’re ramping up our efforts to get started.

D. Novice We’re new to the CBE world.

Educators have been pursuing CBE

models since the 60’s. But what is it?

been pursuing CBE models since the 60’s. But what is it?   Traditional Competency-based Time Time
 

Traditional

Competency-based

Time

Time is fixed

Time is variable

Progression

Some concepts may be mastered

All concepts must be mastered

Delivery

Content often generalized

Content more personalized

Pace

Pace is fixed

Pace is variable

Why now?

The nontraditional

student is now the majority.

Traditional 4-year, public/nonprofit Two-year students 28% students 41% Students over age 21 (4-year) 12%
Traditional
4-year,
public/nonprofit
Two-year
students
28%
students
41%
Students over age
21 (4-year)
12%
Part-time
For-
students(4-
profit
year)
6%
13%

Why now? Traditional higher

education models are leaving learners

behind.

“Only 29% of students who start a two-year degree program finish within three years.”

Harvard University, Pathways to Prosperity

“There are over 30 million adults in the US with some college credit but no degree.”

Hechinger Report, 2014

“There are over 30 million adults in the US with some college credit but no degree.”

Why now? Because we can’t wait.

“Skills Gap”

40%
40%

2014 Attainment

65%

2020 Demand

can’t wait. “Skills Gap” Georgetown Public Policy Institute Lumina Foundation 40% 2014 Attainment 65% 2020 Demand

The Paradox

Scale

Personalization

The stars are finally aligning…

DOE competency- based learning

waivers

Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs)

Flexible learning

platform

Adaptive learning technology

Flexible learning platform Adaptive learning technology Higher Education Act reform Open Educational Resources (OER)

Higher Education Act reform

Open

Educational

Resources

(OER)

Early Intervention Systems

CBE can benefit students and

institutions

CBE can benefit students and institutions As credit is granted for prior achievements, students may take
As credit is granted for prior achievements, students may take fewer courses to obtain a
As credit is granted for prior achievements, students may take fewer courses
to obtain a degree
Some CBE programs provide all needed content through the LMS, avoiding additional textbook costs
Some CBE programs provide all needed content through the LMS, avoiding
additional textbook costs
Students can rapidly establish competencies without having to spend seat time in a course
Students can rapidly establish competencies without having to spend seat time
in a course
Students spend less time in college, lowering tuition bills
Students spend less time in college, lowering tuition bills

CBE can benefit students and

institutions

CBE can benefit students and institutions Universities and colleges can boost their appeal within their potential
Universities and colleges can boost their appeal within their potential applicant pool and to potential
Universities and colleges can boost their appeal within their potential applicant
pool and to potential employers of graduates
CBE programs are often congruent with an institution’s historical mission
CBE programs are often congruent with an institution’s historical mission
CBE offers a way to improve efficiency in a time of limited resources
CBE offers a way to improve efficiency in a time of limited resources

600 colleges are building, or already have CBE programs in place.

(Up from only 50 colleges in 2014)

“Keeping Up With Competency”. Inside Higher Ed, 10 Sept. 2015. Web.

As of fall 2014, three of the “Big Ten” postsecondary institutions offer degrees in

CBE programs: University of

Michigan, Purdue University, and the University of Wisconsin System.

“Big Ten and the Next Big Thing.” Teaching and

Learning. Inside Higher Ed, 28 Oct. 2014. Web.

Ryan Anderson Director of Instructional Design and Development University of Wisconsin-Extension
Ryan Anderson Director of Instructional Design and Development University of Wisconsin-Extension

Ryan Anderson

Director of Instructional Design and Development University of Wisconsin-Extension

Why was Flex created?

WI:41% ~670,000
WI:41%
~670,000

flex.wisconsin.edu

Why was Flex created? WI:41% ~670,000 flex.wisconsin.edu

Why was Flex created?

Number of student borrowers in millions

38.8

23.3

Why was Flex created? Number of student borrowers in millions 38.8 23.3 2005 Year 2012
Why was Flex created? Number of student borrowers in millions 38.8 23.3 2005 Year 2012

2005

Year

2012

Why was Flex created? Number of student borrowers in millions 38.8 23.3 2005 Year 2012

Why was Flex created?

Why was Flex created?
Pillars Promise Statement
Pillars Promise Statement
Pillars Promise Statement

Pillars

Promise Statement

The UW Flexible Option meets the

needs of busy adult learners by

providing access to high-quality

self-paced and competency- based programs, and accelerated, lower-cost

credentials.

access to high-quality self-paced and competency- based programs , and accelerated , lower-cost credentials.
High-quality, faculty-led UW programs Market-driven credentials Rigorous, authentic assessments Holistically designed,

High-quality, faculty-led UW programs

Market-driven credentials

Rigorous, authentic assessments Holistically designed, competency-based curricula

Self-paced, personalized learning

Flexible enrollment, fixed tuition Comprehensive, proactive, personalized student support

How has CBE impacted students?

Student participation:

491

Graduates:

11

How has CBE impacted students? Student participation: 491 Graduates: 11
How has CBE impacted students? Student participation: 491 Graduates: 11

How has CBE impacted faculty?

How has CBE impacted faculty? • Competency & assessment development • Learning resource curation • Faculty
How has CBE impacted faculty? • Competency & assessment development • Learning resource curation • Faculty

Competency & assessment

development

Learning resource curation

Faculty of record

Assisted by:

Instructional designers

Academic success coaches

Tech support

Tutors

Brightspace and CBE

Brightspace and CBE

Streamlined navigation & widgets

Streamlined navigation & widgets

Competency set orientation

Competency set orientation

Learning resources

Learning resources

Custom CSS and JavaScript

Custom CSS and JavaScript

Communication strategies

Faculty
Faculty

Students

Coach
Coach
Communication strategies Faculty Students Coach Communication
Communication
Communication

Faculty communication

Dropbox submission

New student enrollment

Faculty communication • Dropbox submission • New student enrollment

Student communication

2 & 4-week check-in

Set evaluation survey

Student communication • 2 & 4-week check-in • Set evaluation survey

Facilitating content access

Facilitating content access
Facilitating content access

Future opportunities

Scaling

Adaptive/personalized learning

Improved reporting

Data analytics

Future opportunities

Future opportunities
Future opportunities

LeaP creates a personalized Learning Path for students

LeaP creates a personalized Lea rning P ath for students EASY for instructors and teachers to

EASY for instructors and teachers to use

FLEXIBLE to meet the needs of each student

SMART as the learning engine learns with each student

What is LeaP? Content Learning Questions Path Objectives
What is LeaP?
Content
Learning
Questions
Path
Objectives
What is LeaP? Content Learning Questions Path Objectives Personalized Learning
Personalized Learning
Personalized
Learning

Personalize the learning experience

Personalize the learning experience Allows educators to place the learner at the center of their own
Personalize the learning experience Allows educators to place the learner at the center of their own
Personalize the learning experience Allows educators to place the learner at the center of their own

Allows educators to place the learner at the center of their own learning experience

Brightspace for CBE: A partner at

every step

Brightspace for CBE: A partner at every step Brightspace Community CBE Getting Started Service CBE Strategic
Brightspace for CBE: A partner at every step Brightspace Community CBE Getting Started Service CBE Strategic

Brightspace

Community

CBE Getting Started Service

every step Brightspace Community CBE Getting Started Service CBE Strategic Planning Service CBE Course Uplift Brightspace

CBE Strategic Planning Service

CBE Course Uplift

Getting Started Service CBE Strategic Planning Service CBE Course Uplift Brightspace for CBE CBE Change Management

Brightspace for CBE

CBE Change Management Service

What’s your next step?

Are you a Brightspace client?
Are you a
Brightspace client?

Join the Community! community.brightspace.com

Want to learn more about CBE?
Want to learn
more about CBE?

CBE eBook + resources brightspace.com/cbe

more about CBE? CBE eBook + resources brightspace.com/cbe How can we help you get started? Let’s
How can we help you get started?
How can we help
you get started?

Let’s Talk!

cbe@d2l.com

Thank You

Thank You