CBE and CBL: What's the Difference, and Why Does It Matter?

Wednesday, February 15 | 9:30AM–10:15AM | Houston Ballroom I, II, III
Session Type: Featured Session
Delivery Format: Featured Session
As institutions implement competency-based programs, is their focus on educational business practices or on academic transformation leading to cultural changes that focus on learning outcomes? Joi Ito (MIT Media Lab) makes a useful distinction between education and learning: "Education is what people do to you, and learning is what you do for yourself." Empowering learners and enabling them to achieve their lifelong learning goals is at the heart of CBL, and modifying educational practices (CBE) needs to be guided toward this end. Explore how ecosystems can promote the value of competencies, based on research from the American Council on Education.

Outcomes: Challenge the status quo of educational practices that do not support lifelong learning *Articulate the quality dimensions of connected credentials and competencies to promote dialogue and action to focus on learning outcomes *Analyze CBL innovations at your institution with regard to focusing on lifelong learning, career pathways, and education-to-employment bridges


  • Deb Everhart

    Researcher, Georgetown University

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