Competency-based learning through Online Internships

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This presentation discusses the emergence of online internships, which are a perfect venue for competency-based online learning! Competency-based online learning is synergistic to experiential and high-impact internship learning classrooms. The U.S. Department of Education (2013) has recently been revaluating seat time measurement in exchange for more 21st Century approaches such as competency-based models, which include by their definition, project and community-based and customized learning opportunities, all of which are ALSO the hallmarks of experiential internships in the online learning environment. At the top of most university’s lists, that have distance education offerings, are increasingly to begin incorporating internships that provides students opportunities for high-impact experiential learning through hands-on working in cooperation with diverse organizations. This presentation discusses these opportunities as achievable in the online learning classroom. Additionally, with the high priority of the department of education, and higher educational institutions all seeking to expand competency-based learning opportunities, this presentation discusses the synergy of achieving both of these high priority goals with the online internship based on an experiential-competency model.
Dawn Giannoni, Kaplan University, Fort Lauderdale, USA
Allison Selby, Kaplan University, Asheville, USA

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