Pasadena, California, United States
Traditional education has been screaming for a change. Technology has changed society, people, and industries – including higher education. People have realized there are new and better ways to learn. Companies want people who are good at what they do. CBE may be a way to achieve both.
Blackboard’s main purpose is to help institutions teach better and to enable students to learn better while integrating technology into education. Ten years ago, they brought Dr. Karen Yoshino onboard. Dr. Yoshino is a principal strategist and an expert of Competency-Based Education (CBE). CBE refers to “systems of instruction, assessment, grading, and academic reporting that are based on learners demonstrating that they have learned the knowledge and skills they are expected to learn as they progress through their education”*. Dr. Yoshino helps guide institutions toward implementing CBE through a process of deconstructing an existing curriculum and reconstructing it into a CBE framework. She also works to align assessments and develop effective rubrics** that help prepare the school for delivering CBE.
Interviewee: Karen Yoshino, Principal Strategist at Blackboard Inc.
Photos by AFP Kyle Grillot
CBE definition according to the The Glossary of Education Reform.
A rubric is a guide listing specific criteria for grading or scoring academic papers, projects, or tests according to Merriam-Webster online dictionary.