Critical factors for universities teaching under a competency-based model
Factores críticos para las universidades que eduquen por competencias
Ortiz, José Agustín
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FuenteEn Blanco y Negro; Vol. 6 Núm. 1 (2015)
Competency-based teaching is better suited than content-oriented teaching to ensure academic quality, the formation of students and their insertion into the labor market, as well as to address society's expectations of university. The article presents an overview of the requirements for organizing and managing a university under a competency-based education model. It explains how recent changes in society, economy and the labor market have provided better conditions for the development of said model. The role of academic and administrative staff is detailed in regards to each of the stages of design, organization, enforcement, and evaluation of competency-based teaching. It emphasizes the leadership of high authorities and offices in charge of academic quality, teacher training and student support. It also presents principles and strategies to follow so as to strengthen commitment of teachers, students, academics and administrative staff to a competency-based culture. Finally, it explains the key aspects to carrying out a reliable competence assessment in order to guarantee right improvement decisions as well as internal and external validation of the model as a whole.