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Principal Consultant at Ryan Consulting, LLC. Please visit www.williamjryan.com
wjryan has written 52 posts for Monday Morning Musings

Curation is a learning service (we should use!)

Why would learning professionals talk about something that museums do?  Because curation is a process learning & development professionals should be using to support their business partners using a targeted, specific method.  Like instructional design, curation is a systematic process of gathering content that is relevant to a particular topic area or business segment.  More … Continue reading

Nanodegree, micro credential, stackable – it’s still learning!

Stackable credentials, nanodegrees, badges, microcredentials – what happened to having a regular old-fashioned “degree”?    The good news is education is available to more people than ever before however the average “student” is now older, part time, and has some debt already so the focus is changing from the institution to the learner’s perspective as … Continue reading

A(nother) Conversation on Competency-based Assessment design

Last month several interested people met to talk about where they are and plans going forward focused on developing content and designing courses that meet the requirements a competency-based model has.  So let’s get together and talk some more!   Do you design with the end in mind supporting an assessment strategy that provides learners the chance … Continue reading

What’s in a gen?

So we have 5 generations in the workforce at the same time with so many different needs and requirements and ways to lead and supervise and communicate and commute and work and and and …… and I think it is time to just give it a rest. You might say this is the reactions of a … Continue reading

Launching a Unique Competency-Based Offering at a Community College (Part 2)

In an industry that has a tendency to get swept up by trends and fads, competency-based education (CBE) has proved its value time and again over a matter of decades. Over the past few years we’ve seen the number of CBE offerings skyrocket, matching the public’s focus on student outcomes and skill mastery. In this … Continue reading

Launching a Unique Competency-Based Offering at a Community College (Part 1)

In an industry that has a tendency to get swept up by trends and fads, competency-based education (CBE) has proved its value time and again over a matter of decades. Over the past few years we’ve seen the number of CBE offerings skyrocket, matching the public’s focus on student outcomes and skill mastery. In this … Continue reading

Is CBE Almost the Next Big Thing?

Hard to believe but almost four years ago the biggest barriers stopping competency-based education (CBE) from fully evolving were regulatory.  While much has changed, there is much that has stayed the same.  There is a need to focus on three R’s, Redesign the students’ educational experiences, Reinvent institutional goals, and Reset the system. Getting past … Continue reading

Always Consider Retention: Maximizing Success in Competency-Based Education

Roughly 600 colleges are in the design phase for a new competency-based education (CBE) program, are actively creating one or already have a program in place. That’s up from an estimated 52 institutions last year according to a recent post by Paul Fain. One primary reason for this growth is the need to expand the … Continue reading

It takes a team!

Recently I attended an Oireachtas, a very specialized Irish dance competition.  Usually the competitions, a feis, features individuals competing and there were individuals dancing here too however the focus of this event is on teams competing with very detailed and complex dances.  The Oireachtas occurs once a year so the challenge is to bring individuals … Continue reading

From Subject Mastery to Career: Designing CBE Programs That Close the Skills Gap

It’s the measure that matters with CBE design. Competency-based education (CBE) is a very hot topic as businesses clamor for skilled workers who can be productive immediately and more institutions rush to develop new programs. New consortiums, such as the Competency-Based Education Network (C-BEN), are forming to help institutions develop standards and identify support services … Continue reading

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