CBE Coaching Webinar: Register Now!

WGUSupporting students in a competency-based education (CBE) program is somewhat different from traditional on-line programs. Most CBE programs offer some form of coaching to assist students in navigating through the program and keeping them on track.

Join presenters from Bellevue College, Broward College, Sinclair Community College, and Western Governors University and as they describe their unique student coaching models developed for and operating in their CBE programs. Each institution has developed a model for supporting their students that fits within the structure of their own campus operations. This interactive webinar will allow you hear about each model and ask questions of the presenters.

Who will benefit from attending: academic administrators developing CBE programs as well as faculty supporting CBE students

The webinar will be held on July 30 from 1:00 to 2:30 EDT/12:00 – 1:30 CDT/ 11:00 – 12:30 MDT/ 10:00 – 11:30 PDT/ 9:00 – 10:30 AKDT/9:00 – 10:30 HST.

You must register to participate. Registration is open until July 27.

The webinar will be archived in October 2014.


Sally M. Johnstone
Vice President for Academic Advancement
Western Governors University
voice: 801.924 4662
email: sjohnstone@wgu.edu


Big Audacious Conversation About Competency-Based Education

I just returned from our winter Assessment, Teaching, and Learning (ATL) retreat, where faculty, institutional researchers, and administrators spent a heady 24 hours playing both the believing and the doubting game around competency-based education (CBE).

As synchronicity would have it, this morning, I received an e-mail from the WICHE Cooperative for Educational Technologies (WCET) announcing its Big Audacious Conversation About Competency-Based Education on March 13th at 11AM MDT.

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Peter Elbow to Speak at Spring Assessment, Teaching, and Learning Conference

Peter ElbowHappy Holidays to all of you, and congratulations to all of you for completing a highly successful fall quarter 2013!  While April and May of 2014 might seem very far off, I urge you to reserve April 30th-May 2nd for the annual Assessment, Teaching, and Learning Conference held at the Hilton Hotel in Vancouver, Washington.

This year our keynote speaker will be Peter Elbow, Professor Emeritus in the department of English at University of Massachusetts, Amherst.  In his keynote address, “Trying to Teach While Thinking About the End,” Dr. Elbow will revisit an essay (published in 1979 in the anthology On Competence).  In the original essay, Elbow explored some of what he called the “paradoxical effects” of a competence approach and raised questions about whether such an “rules out or inhibits certain styles or temperaments in teaching.”

35 years later, his inquiry still feel resonant and timely—perhaps even more so, as technology offers us previously un-imagined possibilities in regards to instructional design and competency based education (CBE).  I, for one, am most eager to hear the insights of this thoughtful scholar on this provocative topic.  As an added bonus, Dr. Elbow will be available for a follow-up discussion after the keynote with interested faculty.