Course Design for Competency-Based Education

Course Design for Competency-Based Education

November 14 - 15, 2017

Orlando, FL

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Learn how to apply competency-based education course design principles to your traditional academic programs. 

Take the first steps toward converting your traditional academic course or program into a competency-based education (CBE) format. During this day and a half training you will not only learn best practices for CBE course design, but have the opportunity to apply what you learn to one of your courses. Don’t miss this unique opportunity to take the first steps toward converting or creating a CBE course on your campus.

Requirement: Come with a Course to Convert

In order to maximize your learning and key takeaways from this conference, you are required to bring a course or course syllabus to the conference. You will have the opportunity to workshop your courses and programs and convert them into CBE format

Two CBE Programs, One Location

Prior to this program we will be hosting a training that focuses on how to effectively administer and manage CBE on your campus. This is a great opportunity for your institution to learn the operational components that are critical to success in CBE. Save $495 when you attend both programs.

Bring Your Team and Save

This training is focused on course design. As such, we suggest bringing a team that includes instructional designers, faculty, and center for excellence in teaching and learning staff. To encourage team participation, when you register two people from your institution, a third can attend for 50% off!


Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Conference Registration

1:00 - 1:30 p.m.

Welcome and Introductions

1:30 - 2:00 p.m.

Trends in CBE

2:00 - 3:00 p.m.

In this opening session we will explore the different CBE models that institutions have embraced. We will discuss why certain trends have emerged and been successful as well as the opportunities and challenges associated with each model.


3:00 - 3:15 p.m.

Program Design Options

3:15 - 4:30 p.m.

To develop a robust CBE program, you must rethink how you design and deliver programs aimed at non-traditional learners. This session will show you backward design principles for CBE programs. You will gain information on direct assessment techniques, options for backward design, and how to choose competencies for your specific programs.

Best Practices for Course Design

4:30 - 5:00 p.m.

Programs built on competencies require an upfront and more granular approach to articulating learning throughout the program. In this session, you will explore practical methods for articulating and modeling competencies upfront in the design. Utilization of backward course design methods, open education resources clearinghouses, and developing learning objects will be discussed.

Networking Reception (included in registration fee)

5:00 - 6:00 p.m.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Continental Breakfast (included in registration fee)

8:30 - 9:00 a.m.

Best Practices for Course Design (continued)

9:00 - 10:00 a.m.

Working Session: Applying Design Options to Your Course/Program

10:00 - 10:45 a.m.

In this working session, you will have time to apply what you learned in our course design sessions to your own program. Our expert instructors will be on hand to answer any questions that you may have.


10:45 - 11:00 a.m.

Best Practices for Assessing Courses and Programs

11:00 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.

CBE models give you more latitude when measuring learning. During this session we will choose a small subset of competencies and brainstorm a series of assessments that could be used to evaluate student learning. We will also discuss the implications of program design on the roles of faculty as well as how to use open education resources for program support.

Lunch (included in registration fee)

12:15 - 1:15 p.m.

Working Session: Using Assessment in Your Courses

1:15 - 2:00 p.m.

During this working session you will have time to apply what you learned in our assessment session. Our expert instructors will be on hand to answer any questions that you may have.

Develop Student Support Processes

2:00 - 3:30 p.m.

It can be difficult for any student to balance their studies with full-time workloads and busy schedules. In this session, we will cover challenges, opportunities, and strategies for supporting students in competency-based programs. The roles of faculty and program support staff in this process will be discussed.


3:30 - 3:45 p.m.

Continuous Improvement Processes and Conference Wrap-Up

3:45 - 5:00 p.m.

In this final session, you will learn about methods to engage in continuous improvement practices for your CBE program. Implications of the CBE implementation, program support, and continuous assessment will be discussed. The program will culminate by discussing final takeaways from the conference as a group.

November 14 - 15, 2017

Orlando, FL

Hotel Information:

Hyatt Regency Orlando
9801 International Drive
Orlando, FL 32819

Room Rate: $189, plus applicable tax.

Room Block Dates: November 13 and 14, 2017

Available Until: October 19, 2017. Please make your reservations early - rooms and rates are subject to availability.

Hotel Description: Hyatt Regency Orlando is located approximately 12 miles from Orlando International Airport (MCO)

Shuttle Information: Mears Transportation $21 (one way) and $33 (roundtrip) with online discount.
Ph. 855.463.2776



Kaitlin LeMoine

New Product Development Consultant at Workforce Partnerships
Southern New Hampshire University

Kaitlin has been at SNHU since 2013. She previously held the roles of Assistant Director of the Curriculum and Assessment team and Senior Curriculum and Assessment Developer at College for America at SNHU. In these positions, she designed content for competency-based, project-based, online degree programs and managed various stages of new academic content and program development. In her current role, Kaitlin consults on the development of new learning solutions. Prior to joining SNHU, Kaitlin served as Director of Programs at a non-profit organization in Boston, MA that helped students and their families access higher education opportunities. She also designed and taught service-learning courses at a charter school in Cambridge, MA. Kaitlin earned a B.A. with honors from Brown University and an M.Ed. in Education Policy and Management from Harvard Graduate School of Education.


Angie Napper

e-Learning Director
Salt Lake Community College

Angie is the Interim Director of SLCC Online and eLearning Services at Salt Lake Community College and Adjunct Faculty for Southern New Hampshire University. Angie has ten years of experience working in online and competency-based education at the university and college levels including managing assessment development and instructional design for several years for Western Governors University. For the last three years, as a part of her role at SLCC, Angie has been involved in the adoption and implementation of CBE across the college, including within the School of Applied Technology as part of a TAACCCT grant and experimental sites initiative and with the Biotech program as part of a NSF grant.

Angie holds a Master of Arts in Art History from the University of Utah and a Master of Science in Education with an emphasis on Instructional Design from the University of Wisconsin - Stout. She also has a graduate certificate as a Higher Education Teaching Specialist from the University of Utah.


Heidi Wilkes

Associate Vice President of Learning Solutions
Southern New Hampshire University

Dr. Wilkes work focuses on the design of alternative credentials and tailored learning solutions for the Workforce Partnerships unit. Dr. Wilkes has previously served as the Chief Academic Officer of College for America SNHU. In this role, Heidi was responsible for the academic quality and accreditation compliance of the competency-based curriculum and assessments and leading the Curriculum and Assessment Development Team. Prior to joining CfA, she was the Dean of the Innovations Group and a Senior Lecturer at Granite State College. As Dean of Innovations, she leveraged expertise in the design and delivery of online programs to support new initiatives and college partners. She has also previously served as Assistant Dean for Academic and Faculty Affairs and Senior Lecturer at Northeastern College, where she marketed new programs, developed curricular and coordinated services and support for international students. She also worked closely with the D'Amore-McKim School of Business towards AACSB accreditation compliance at CPS. She has also previously served as Director for the Doctor of Education program.

Questions About the Event?

Tunde Brimah
Director of Program Development, Academic Impressions

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