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Learning Services: CBE

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Competency-based education (CBE) is a flexible learning option that allows students to show what they know as soon as they know it. In CBE courses, students complete six projects based on real-world scenarios rather than tests and academic papers. These project assignments are known as “deliverables,” and they align with specific skills for students to demonstrate their competency. Each assignment can be submitted up to three times, and students can use the rich feedback they get from their instructor to improve their work. There are no set due dates for individual assignments, although all work must be submitted before the course completion deadline. Check out Rasmussen's Blog to learn more: What Is Competency-Based Education? A Beginner’s Guide for Students.


Competency-Based Education FAQs

Practice makes progress

  • Learning is iterative. Resist the fear of failing a deliverable and instead let your grading feedback guide your learning.
  • Don't let allow a fear of failure to stop you from attempting and submitting an assignment. Multiple attempts are an advantage. 

Rubrics are your friend

  • You must earn a 2 or higher on each assignment deliverable to pass the course.
  • You may submit each course project deliverable up to three times.  
  • Self-assess your work against the corresponding rubric criteria before you submit an attempt.

Multiple attempt magic

  • Read your grading feedback carefully and use it to hone your skills even if you do not resubmit.
  • Multiple submissions and rich feedback set the CBE learning experience apart; take advantage.
  • Earn a passing grade on your first attempt? Work on the next deliverable and circle back later.

Use your people

  • Your professors' expertise is worth its weight in gold. Budget enough time to edit based on grading feedback.
  • Participate in your live classroom sessions to learn from the questions your peers ask.
  • Connect with your instructor for clarification of their expectations.