CBE Student Studies Announcement

The National Research Center for the study of Distance Education and Technological Advancements (DETA) at the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee is conducting two studies about (1) how student’s perceive academic coaches and (2) how student’s perceive their learning experiences in their competency-based education (CBE) programs. The goal of the studies is to understand to what extent student’s perceptions of their academic coaches and instructional characteristics in competency based programs influence student outcomes.

DETA seeks participants who are students in a CBE program. If you are currently or previously a student in a CBE program and have had experience with an academic coach, please consider serving as a study participant by taking a [20-30 minute] survey. 

CBE is defined as “an alternative to the credit hour-based system of credentialing. Student progress is based on demonstration of proficiency and/or mastery as measured through assessments and/or through application of credit for prior learning. In competency based education programs, time is the variable and student competency mastery is the focus, rather than a fixed-time model where students achieve varying results. In competency based education, as distinct from competency-based learning, the focus is on academic programs, practices, and policies” (American Council on Education & Blackboard, 2014, p. 4).

For questions relating to this study and/or participation in the study, please contact one of the following people:

Tanya Joosten (Co-PI), PhD, Director of Digital Learning Research and Development, Co-Director of the DETA Research Center, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, tjoosten[at]uwm.edu

Rachel Cusatis, PhD, Instrumentation Innovator, DETA Research Center, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, rcusatis[at]uwm.edu 

Who is DETA? The National Research Center for Distance Education and Technological Advancement (DETA) at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, funded by the U.S. Department of Education’s Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education, seeks to foster student access and success through evidence-based, cross-institutional learning practices and technologies.  Moreover, the DETA Research Center looks to identify and evaluate effective course and institutional practices in online learning, including competency-based education, specifically addressing underrepresented populations.