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Competency Based Education and Training

Within the medical field, it is extremely important to include Competency-Based Education. Learning is dynamic and instructors must consider the learning preferences of each student, making it relevant to their profession. As we, as faculty, learn how to better integrate CBE into the curriculum, we are able to encourage the learner to ask questions, allowing the learning environment to be more student-centered, personalized, and engaging. 

I am a firm believer that learning should be engaging. We, as instructors, can guide the learner by allowing them to ask questions and interpret the information presented.  The knowledge we gain in CBE can… >>>

Adult learners

Planning to pose questions to access episotic memory to link new info to

Pay Attention to Students & Not Style.


A top takeaway for me was that learning styles are purported ot be traits, like the Big-5 inherited traits. However, the supposed learning style is not inherited and the use of a scientific claim does not stand up! And so let's all keep in mind that the expeience of the learner, their processing ability, and then their developmental level (and maybe perosnl issues relating to noise and encoding info) are more important than trying to cater to a style!  In fact, as noed in this module, learning is more effective when stduents are engaged and not overconfident - and… >>>

using more of the assessment tools suggested

In our field we sometimes start teaching to the national exam.  Tests reflect that the student has memorize the subject matter for that week.  My action plan is to start using other assessment tools such as labeling exercises, activities in the classroom, handouts that are fill in the blank and explanation questions.

More diversity

This course has taught me two major elements that I plan on incorporating going forward.


1.  Understand the need for flexibility in my courses.  They need to work around the students' needs and understanding.

2.  Use diversification in each course to help students build their competency.  Not just reading assignments, PPTs and tests, but two way discussions, outside articles of interest, projects, field trips, real life examples, and so on.

Brain on, hands-on

I generally try to identify a real-world event where the students will need to apply what they have learned in class in order to provide a needed service at the event.  This gives both the 

opportunity to demonstrate their skills and serve the customer for real.   In the build up to the event, they can practice and sharpen their skills in the classroom/lab, and build confidence

for the big day. 


The information I have gathered will help guid not only the students at this university but also the faculty.  I will meet with the faculty to discuss the importance of communication, listening and patience with not only our VETS but all students how civilians can also have PTSD. 

Critical thinking

I agree that critical thinking is very important in all aspects of life. Critical thinking is also very important in nursing education.

Reflection and Plan

I was reviewing this course for consistency in my own CBE learning. It matched up and I am glad to see the consistency. I am using CBE methodologies to develop a new CTE faculty training program. Strategies in this course will be utilized while building my CBE program.

Best practices

Metacognitive knowledge involves making the connection between cognition and application of knowledge.  Identification of learning gaps with students is important.

student retention

Using decoding methods by breaking down information will help with students retention and decreasing frustration.


Critical thinking abilities are vital for clinical judgement.

The learning cone is a myth

It was interesting to learn that the learnng cone touted for so many years and blindly accepted, was in fact never intended to be a scholarly theory.

Critical thinking

I plan to use this information coupled with previous learnings to provide an excellent experience for my students.  Focus on how to meet their expectations using the tools I have been learning about.  Critical thinking will help students in the complicated patient care decisions that need to be made. It will help them in their general lives.  It will give them the ability to do further research, use their "gut" and become creative thinkers to solve some of patient care's heavy dilemmas.

Comments on the course

Everyone learns or likes to learn differently. However, repetition and reinforcement have been proven to work.

What about adult students with prison records or half-way house resident?

They have to attend some form of school.

Half-way house students have a chance to visit the Malls (use 60 minutes of classroom time)

They do share prison's experience such as:"Blanketting!"

One 60 year old male student came in from New York just to looking to marry a young female student

Two adult female students had incurable cancer.

One male student came in from USA Airforce so that he can use the health insurance to pay for his dialysis

Some students just want a "C" because their very prominent (rich) parents wanted them to attend school

And there are many… >>>


Good Classroom application

Problem Guidelines

This course provided simple and easy to follow guidelines for defining and analyizing problems.

Students Learning

I learned how to instruct more efficiently and unstand new teaching tools.

Great module

This course has presented a good deal of information that is vital in understanding students learning styles and adapting my method to meet students goal.