Competency Based Learning: The Real Revolution in Online Education Isn’t MOOCs

A small but growing number of educational institutions such as College for America (CfA), Brandman, Capella, University of Wisconsin, Northern Arizona, and Western Governors are implementing online competency-based programs. Although many are still in nascent stages today, it is becoming clear that online competencies have the potential to create high-quality learning pathways that are affordable, scalable, and tailored to a wide variety of industries. It is likely they will only gain traction and proliferate over time.


I earned a competency based degree in Technology Integration and Instructional Design from Western Governors university almost 10 years ago. This isn’t a revolutionary new approach. It is a very demanding and challenging way to learn. If you are a motivated and skilled self-directed learner, competency based education may be just right for you! 


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