Move Over MOOCs, It’s Online, Competency Time

In an article for Forbes, contributor Michael Horn argues that while MOOCs have had their time in the education disruption spotlight, they are not the disruption to traditional college and university they set out to be. Horn says it’s doubtful MOOC will be able to break away from the traditional college structure given their business model and dependence on college and university faculty.

Horn cites a mini-book, written by his colleague, Michelle R. Weise, as well as Clayton Christensen, Hire Education: Mastery, Modularization, and the Workforce Revolution, in which they make the case for competency-based learning. In traditional models, “time is treated as fixed, whereas in competency-based models, learning is fixed,” writes Horn. The book goes on to profile emerging competency-based online programs such as Capella University’s FlexPath, UniversityNow’s Patten University, and Southern New Hampshire University’s College for America.

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Yvonne Chan

Yvonne Chan

Yvonne is a writer for Edtech Times who is most interested in technology's role in culture. When she is not combing the web for the latest in educational technology, she is reading classic literature or watching the game on TV. You may know her from Gradeable,, Emerson College, Busa Wine & Spirits, UMass Dartmouth, or Burlington High School.