Targeting a bold new approach to learning
La Universidad Coorperativa de Colombia began in 1958 as an Institute of Education and from that moment created different university campuses in various regions of the country with little access to higher education. UCC now has 16 headquarters located in different capitals of Colombia and offers 109 undergraduate majors, 67 postgraduate majors and the support of different academic spaces such as 29 libraries, 210 practical learning environments and a technological ecosystem made up of more than 100 platforms. The university has approximately 42,000 thousand students among all its campuses.
UCC is always looking for ways to enhance learning outcomes for its students. The organization realized that embracing a competency-based approach to learning would be a powerful way to prepare students for success in the next stage of their academic or professional careers.
Unlike traditional approaches to university education, in which all learners move through a single set of course materials at the same time, competency-based education (CBE) allows learners to progress toward individual skills or learning outcomes at their own pace. In this way, CBE empowers students to devote more of their study and contact time to the areas of the course that they find most challenging.
As a first step in its CBE journey, UCC recognized that it would be crucial to secure buy-in from its students and teaching staff. Angelica Ricaurte Avendaño, National Deputy Director of E-Learning at la Universidad Cooperativa de Colombia, says: “We knew that we were embarking on a major transformation of our approach to learning. We wanted to bring our learners and lecturers with us every step of the way and provide all our stakeholders with the tools they needed to make a successful transition to CBE.”