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(HE) Explore Competency-Based Education is a Course

(HE) Explore Competency-Based Education

Ended Apr 2, 2018

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Full course description

Course Date:

Feb 5 - Apr 2, 2018


8 weeks


3 hrs/wk



Course Type:





Competency-based education (CBE) is a learning methodology in which students master skill and/or competencies before moving on to other learning items. Implementing CBE fundamentally changes the way courses are designed, the way outcomes are assessed, the way faculty and staff interact with students, and the way tuition is structured.

Participants will engage in reflective discussions, participate in peer-reviewed activities, complete simple knowledge checks, watch videos, explore curated resources and collaborate with others. All participants who successfully complete this course will earn a digital badge.


As a result of taking this course, learners have an opportunity to develop the following competencies:

  • Characterize CBE
  • Identify CBE scope of impact
  • Outline assessment strategies for CBE
  • Reimagine roles necessary for CBE
  • Determine CBE implementation goals, strategies, and tactics

Target Audience: This course is for anyone with an interest in CBE with special emphasis on faculty, staff, and administrators in higher education.

Course is offered by Metropolitan Community College.

Course Instructors

Karen Wegner

Karen Wegner

Lead Instructor

As a lifelong learner, Karen has applied her strengths and passion for learning in many capacities. She has initiated learning strategy, developed related processes and systems, and integrated research-based best practices and adult learning principles in the design and execution of high quality learning solutions for people of all ages. In her current role at Metropolitan Community College, she serves in the Workforce Innovation Division, building instructional design capacity and developing digital learning solutions. Read More.

Karen is certified as an ACT Job Profiler and DACUM facilitator, serves on the Board of ATD Nebraska, and is an active member of the eLearning Guild. She holds a Master of Education in Adult Learning/HRD from the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities.

Kim Whiteside

Kim Whiteside

Lead Instructor

Kim Whiteside has worked in the field of adult learning and instructional design for over 25 years, spending eight of those years in higher education. Read More.

She has a master’s degree in Adult Learning and Performance from Drake University. In her current role as Instructional Systems Designer at Metropolitan Community College, Kim partners with faculty and staff to create learning solutions for both credit and non-credit courses.