Why A Learning Relationship Management Platform is an answer
We as human beings and learners are social. It is no wonder that 82% of millennial students are on Facebook. When Marc Beniof, founder of salesforce.com, declared, “business is social,” a revolution in Customer Relationship Management (CRM) platforms ensued, and an entirely new ecosystem emerged. Educational Technologies are now harnessing this power to create new relationships that connect learners to their academic experience.
Using intelligent and interactive technologies, learners can focus on course content as faculty help them manage the learning process. “Learning Relationship Management” (LRM) is a new classification, defined as software that provides students, faculty, and staff with a digital tool set to monitor learning progress in real time and flag moments of intervention when needed. Today’s technology allows for more personal instruction, deeper ties to the institution, and a better academic experience. Students perform better, completion rates go up, and the institutional spend on recruitment gets more efficient.
Why Competency-Based Education is an answer
When students complete a degree in any field of study, they should have something to show for it. All too often, however, a degree alone won’t speak loudly enough for a student fresh out of college, even if they have all the skills they need for a first job. That’s where Competency-Based Education (CBE) comes in.
CBE doesn’t refer to a specific technology; it’s a mindset for approaching curriculum design and student assessment. As its name implies, an effective implementation of CBE ensures that upon graduation, students will be able to showcase their abilities and what areas they are competent in. As Johsua Kim writes on Inside Higher Ed, “Competency-based education seeks to flip the structure of traditional education, where seat-time is held constant but learning is variable.” When students are able to master content at their own pace via CBE systems, students save time and money as they accelerate their path to not only a degree, but deeper and more qualified understanding of the subject matter.