7 Things You Should Know About CBE Tools


As competency-based education (CBE) programs become more prevalent, tools have emerged to support them, ranging from software utilities that enable a single type of student project to complex, custom-built, campus-wide solutions that accommodate multiple degree programs. These tools can help define and document learning outcomes, map competencies to the curriculum, track student progress, or certify prior knowledge. CBE and the tools that support it encourage a rethinking of pedagogy, assessment, and the concept of the credit hour.


The 7 Things You Should Know About... series from the EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative (ELI) provides concise information on emerging learning technologies. Each brief focuses on a single technology and describes what it is, where it is going, and why it matters to teaching and learning. Use these briefs for a no-jargon, quick overview of a topic and share them with time-pressed colleagues.


In addition to the 7 Things briefs, you may find other ELI resources useful in addressing teaching, learning, and technology issues at your institution. To learn more, please visit the ELI Resources page.

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