You Get What You Assess: Competency-Based Education in the Digital Era
Competency-based education (CBE) is centred on developing real-world skills and competencies essential for students' success in the workplace. It is not a new concept, yet the widespread adoption of the CBE model in higher education remains low. The first barrier is the lack of resources, expertise, infrastructure, and time required for a transformation from a teaching-driven model to a learning-driven model. The second is a lack of skill and confidence to create competency-based activities and assessments. These barriers are further intensified as institutions face tight financial constraints and as instructors face large classes with fewer TAs. Panelists discuss how a unique peer-to-peer learning approach (peer-assessment + weighted grading power + feedback-on-feedback stage) is potentially breaking down these barriers and accelerating the transition to CBE. The efficacy of this AI-driven solution is being validated through collaborative studies with 10–12 educators from three institutions across STEM, arts, and business courses. Courses include 6- to 16-week terms and cohorts of 12 to 1,800 students.