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Competency-Driven Higher Learning through Electronic Course Delivery

Replace degrees with modular "learn anytime" competencies through high production-quality electronic courses

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  • Teacher
  • I'm a retired college professor. I still teach creative writing to veterans.

Tell us about your idea

Learning beyond high school level will be through course modules of inter-related courses that will be completed online to reflect learning of competencies, replacing academic degrees. Competencies might include tool identification and application, critical thinking, and problem solving. The modular approach releases restrictions to competency completion, such as traditional semester platforms, specific times for course offerings, and measurement of completion in years required. Online courses must be upgraded in terms of production value to heighten student interest and involvement.

What part(s) of the pre-COVID school system do you wish to leave in the past? Why?

Time and space restrictions to learning, such as offering courses in any type of "term" block, requiring completion in four years, and earning what has traditionally been labeled a degree. Higher education is not available to all, due to these restrictions, among others. Higher education in the U.S. has experienced a decrease in enrollment and funding for decades, and no longer offers education attainable by an international population.

Tell us a little bit about yourself and what inspired you to share this idea.

As a retired university professor, I regret losing face-to-face classroom interaction. However, I believe economic circumstance will move the majority of students online. Present on-line course design is lacking in the ability to deliver quality international education and to measure the effects of that education. In order to accommodate that shift, many changes to course design and delivery will be required. 

What region are you located in?

  • North America

Where are you located?

I live in Kansas City, MO, USA

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Hi Virginia!

Thanks for sharing your idea. I share your sentiment about time and space restrictions to learning. As a former high school teacher, I often wonder what kind of learning experiences could be made possible or deepened by breaking the “one period per class” rule.

While this challenge is focused on k-12, I do hope that you sign up for updates about future challenges. Higher education is also ripe for reimagining at this time and your idea about modular, learn anytime "degrees" would be a great addition to a higher education challenge!

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Photo of Virginia Brackett
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Thanks, Tracee. I'll definitely save my comments for another project, hopefully to come along soon. Shall I remove this contribution?

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No need to delete! Thanks for joining the discussion and I appreciate your engagement with other submissions. If you can think of an idea for k-12, please feel free to post!

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Photo of Virginia Brackett
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Thanks, Tracee. I did post "Heart to Art" in category 4, which can apply to high schoolers.