Learning modules can easily be arranged and combined into different ‘competencies’ or programs. Unlike traditional classroom training courses, which will teach the same topics to all students, competency-based training will encourage the student to learn specific skills they need at that given time. Once they master a competency, they can move on to other competencies as needed. For example, a new user may start with a ‘New User competency’, which would include modules geared towards learning basic skills, but someone more experienced who is only interested in learning how to load data could move right to the ‘Loading Data’ competency. Because these modules and competencies are not inextricably tied to courses or topics it provides greater flexibility to the student to learn what they need when they need to learn it.
Focus on the Learning and Not the Time
In traditional classroom-based training, all students will start and end their learning experience at the same time. They will all be forced to learn at the same speed using the same approach. As a result, some students will master the materials, some will master some of the materials, and some students will master none of the materials.
Competency-based topics are not time-bound. Students can gain mastery of a competency regardless of the time needed. This is accomplished by providing interactive content students can go through at their own pace, as well as acknowledging the fact students all start the modules at various levels of aptitude for a specific topic.
For example, assessments should be built into the training to verify students’ proficiencies. Students can take these assessments before starting a module to see if they really need to complete the module. Students can also continue to take assessments multiple times after completing the module to assess whether they have mastered the specific competency. Instructors can then use those results to cater office hours and instructor time to the topics the student needs most support on. In addition, since competency-based topics are not time-bound, students can continuously learn new skills when the need arises. This type of learning benefits companies by making their employees more adaptable to changes in the workplace – they can easily learn new competencies as needed to meet new business needs.
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