Tuesday, March 30
1:00-1:30 PM
Keynote Room

Can Online College Composition courses really be considered competency-based learning? New technologies allow for personalized and flexible learning opportunities

Roundtable (Live Presentation) ID: 58736
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    Michelle Bianco
    Purdue University Global
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    Galia Fussell
    Purdue University Global

Abstract: Competency-based learning allows students to focus on demonstration of mastery with a focus on career-ready skills (Scheopner, Torres, A., Brett, J., & Cox, J. 2015). Instruction is more personalized, flexible, and the learning opportunity is unique and engaging to the student’s degree field. Online College Composition Courses can be viewed as a competency-based pathway. Students demonstrate that they have mastered the skills of effective writing, reading comprehension and communication content through multiple demonstrations of learning. This article will clarify the standards by using rubrics and course-level assessment to ensure proficiency. A discussion of measurable learning objectives that will prepare the student for real-life career-based skills will follow. A demonstration of content delivery is available through the instructional courseware platform Hawkes Learning. “Hawkes Learning is an innovative, educational courseware platform providing instructional content and mastery-based learning to enhance student success in college courses” (Hawkes Learning, 2021, para.2). Hawkes Learning is mastery-based content delivery that is customizable and student-centered. Hawkes Learning uses three modes to mastery: Learn, Practice and Certify. This article will explore the unique teaching strategies to ensure a competency-based pathway in online College Composition Courses as well as a data review of current Composition Courses

Presider: Abigail Phillips, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee


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