A new paper has been published by CompetencyWorks and the International Association for K-12 Online Learning (iNACOL) which outlines the technological requirements for a competency-based learning model. Competency-based learning means that students learn at their own pace with enough time and appropriate supports in place to ensure mastery. This model calls for explicit learning goals, meaningful assessments, and opportunities for real life applications of skills learned. More detailed descriptions and examples of competency-based learning are available in the report.
Technology plays an important role in this model and electronic gradebooks are not enough. Re-Engineering Information Technology: Design Considerations for Competency Education, states four key tech needs in this T.H.E Journal article:
- IT systems that support student profiles and standards-based, personalized learning plans;
- Collection of student-level data to enable analysis of the effectiveness of instructional approaches;
- School accountability systems focused on progress in learning; and
- IT enterprise architecture that supports integration of different teaching and learning systems.