E-learning Comparison

Competency Based Model vs Blended/Hybrid Courses and the Blended Classroom
Make sure you have read the Online Delivery Models information from Educause then engage in this discussion. The article discusses the modes listed below. Choose any two and compare and contrast delivery and assessment considerations for the pair. To do this well you will probably have to research more information about one or more of your choices of modes to work with.

Ad Hoc Online Courses and Programs

Fully Online Programs


Educational Partnerships

Competency-Based Education

Blended/Hybrid Courses and the Flipped Classroom


Competency based vs Blended/Hybrid Courses and the Flipped Classroom

An article on http://www.ed.gov gives a simple definition of Competency based learning: “Competency based strategies provide flexibility in the way that credit can me earned or awarded, and provide students with personalized learning opportunities. These strategies include online and blended learning…”[i] Blended/Hybrid courses is defined as combining “online and face-to-face class time in a structured manner”[ii] and the Flipped classroom “involves courses that move the traditional lecture, or content dissemination, away from face-to-face hours and into online delivery outside of class time. The face-to-face class time is used for practice and actual application rather than for introducing the content being studied.”[iii] The delivery methods for these e-learning strategies contain many of the same elements, the difference being that Competency based has more flexibility in how the classes are run. Students have the opportunity to meet face-to face as needed. This allows for students needing one on one time with a teacher to have that extra help and those who do not need face-to-face time to continue with self-paced learning. Blended/Hybrid and Flipped classrooms allow for content to be presented through technological means, which in turn opens face-to-face time to be used for application and individualized help. The teacher also has the flexibility to choose the make up of the flip.[iv]

The competency model alleviates time constraints as well as costs. In 2012 The University of Wisconsin announced its plan to implement a competency based model that “will allow students to start classes anytime they like, work at their own pace, and earn credit for what they already know. Students can demonstrate college-level competencies—no matter where they learned the material—as soon as they can prove that they know it.”[v] This does not limit the sources of information in turn opening up a greater variety of learning experiences. In contrast, the blended/hybrid and flipped classrooms are constrained by semester/quarter deadlines.

The Competency based method has the ability to open up a world of opportunities all types of students. For those who are self motivated and have the ability and desire to collect an learn information at an accelerated speed, they can complete classes a shorter time. As for those who may need the extra time due to learning styles or lifestyles, this model gives the flexibility to learn as time allows. I am excited to see how the competency based method play out in the education world.
[i] http://www.ed.gov/oii-news/competency-based-learning-or-personalized-learning

[ii] http://www.educause.edu/ero/article/online-educational-delivery-models-descriptive-view

[iii] http://www.educause.edu/ero/article/online-educational-delivery-models-descriptive-view

[iv] http://www.cte.cornell.edu/teaching-ideas/designing-your-course/flipping-the-classroom.html

[v] http://www.educause.edu/ero/article/online-educational-delivery-models-descriptive-view


2 thoughts on “E-learning Comparison

  1. elearningcsusb

    Rachel, I completely identified with your feelings about online learning:
    “The information that I learned in this session really caused me to start to think about the elearning process. I honestly did not care for it before I started this quarter and was quite terrified. I can’t say that that fear is completely gone but it’s slowly making it’s way out of my life.”

    I hated the idea of this program being online. I still think I would prefer f2f, but I am trying to figure out how to feel connected online. I think because there is so much information to read from our classmates, it feels a bit overwhelming to figure out which people I relate to or work in similar setting, etc. I guess that will come with time. I have to admit that I am learning a ton, so I guess online learning does work.

    Thanks for sharing your feelings because it’s nice to know there someone else feeling similar. Best, Christen
    PS- Love the color choice of your Blog.


    1. wearewonderstruck Post author

      Well… by your your work I never would have guessed you had any reservations! I think we should be required to post a pic as our thumbnail. I am a visual person and I find it very difficult to connect with people when I can not place a face with a name.

      You mentioned your students do quite well with the practice software. I was talking with a friend recently and she mentioned her concern for the lack of writing due to technological advances. As we know cursive is becoming obsolete, do you think we’re entering an era where children will comprehend information better with the use of technology rather than pencil and paper?



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