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  • Richard E Lillie
    Competency-based education is all the rage: What is it?9
    blog entry posted April 7, 2015 by Richard E Lillie, tagged research, teaching in TwT public

    In his blog "OLDaily," Stephen Downes referenced an article published in The Tennessean (4/07/2015) titled Competency-based education is all the rage:  What is it?  The article was written by Kimberly K. Estep, Chancellor of WGU Tennessee (Western Governors University).


    Estep provides a great definition of competency-based education (CBE).  She provides an interesting example of how CBE works at WGU Tennessee.


    I'm interested in finding out whether your college or university has adopted any type of CBE programs, particularly for accounting.  If you have adopted a CBE for accounting or are considering doing this, please REPLY to this posting telling us about the program.


    Best wishes,


    Rick Lillie


    Rick Lillie, MAS, Ed.D., CPA (Retired)

    Associate Professor of Accounting, Emeritus

    CSUSB, CBPA, Department of Accounting & Finance

    5500 University Parkway, JB-547

    San Bernardino, CA.  92407-2397


    Email:  rlillie@csusb.edu

    Telephone:  (909) 537-5726

    Skype (Username):  ricklillie



  • Richard E Lillie
    Salman Khan -- A Breath of Fresh Air in Instructional Design...1
    blog entry posted February 8, 2014 by Richard E Lillie, tagged research, teaching, technology in TwT public

    Earlier today, Bob Jensen posted a link on AECM to a Harvard Business Review article (January-February 2014) titled Life's Work: Salman Khan.  I've written about Salman Khan and the Khan Academy several times before.  I use technology extensively in my course designs.  Where appropriate, I draw on Khan's methods and techniques to improve what I do for my students.

    Salman Khan

    Like Salman Khan, I am very much student-centered in my approach to designing the teaching/learning experience.  My approach to teaching came from the years when I was an audit manager in the National Continuing Education Department at Grant Thornton International (GTI).  I quickly learned that you do not teach adult learners.  Rather, you guide them through a learning process.  Adult learners take responsibility for their own learning.

    In the HBR article, Khan states that "one meta-level thing is to take agency over your own learning."  I agree with his statement.  However, I think it is important to understand the point at which a learner may be development wise.

    Taking "agency" (responsibility) for your own learning assumes a learner has the maturity needed for this level of responsibility.  I believe this is where faculty play a major role in the teaching/learning process.  I don't equate "tech-savviness" with "maturity."  Just because someone can interact with others on Facebook and Twitter does not necessarily make the person ready to take total control of the teaching/learning process.

    A learner in the "becoming stage" (i.e., in the process of earning a degree or credential) needs guidance, influence, and a structured learning process.  Whereas, a learner who has moved beyond the "becoming stage" (i..e, has earned a degree or credential) into the "continuing education stage" has reached the point of personal development where it is OK to do whatever turns you on.  Learning is more "learning for learning's sake." 

    Khan states that Khan Academy is all about giving more breathing room to the learner.  He believes he can use technology to deliver information at a student's pace.  He says "there is something you get only from a human voice..It's incredibly valuable."  On this, Khan and I agree.  

    I learned the art of instructional design by the seat of my pants.  I quickly realized that "CPA" stood for "cut, paste, and attach."  I created some pretty interesting instructional materials with a pencil, ruler, invisible tape, IBM Selectric typewriter, a variety of font balls, colored markers, and some fairly modest software applications.  I was amazed what I could accomplish with an Apple2Plus computer.  This all brings back a lot of enjoyable memories.

    While at GTI, I started experimenting with computer-based instructional design.  I played around with sound and video.  It was difficult to do and include in course design.  The technology was far too clunky, complicated to use and far too expensive.  While experimenting, I began to follow the work of Ruth Colvin Clark and Richard E. Mayer dealing with multimedia learning.

    Khan's methodology is all about connecting with the learner in ways that empower the learner to progress as quickly as the learner is capable of doing.  I agree with this objective to a point.

    Rick Lillie, CSU San Bernardino




  • Richard E Lillie
    Which Way Higher Education?
    blog entry posted November 18, 2012 by Richard E Lillie, tagged research in TwT public

    This weekend, I participated in the AAA Council meeting held at the Anaheim Hilton Hotel in Anaheim, California.  The meeting opened with a talk by Lloyd Armstrong titled Which Way Higher Education?  In preparation for Armstrong's presentation, we were asked to read the article College is Dead.  Long Live College!

    Armstrong explored the traditional college/university business model and described "big forces" causing the business model to change.  Below is a concept diagram summarizing key points from Armstrong's talk.  It was interesting to hear his comments about the growth and impact of online learning for all aspects of university-level education.  Armstrong briefly described recent events such as a consortium of universities agreeing to offer courses online that could be taken for credit by students at other universities.

    Times are rapidly changing.  Armstrong's question to us was whether accounting (and university) education will be prepared for the change.

    Rick Lillie (CSU San Bernardino)



  • Richard E Lillie
    blog entry posted November 14, 2012 by Richard E Lillie, tagged research in TwT public

    Today, I learned about an outstanding blog published by Lloyd Armstrong titled Changing Higher Education.  He writes about a rapidly changing world driven by powerful forces such economics.politics, demographics, religion and technology.  Armstrong suggests that American universities have been affected only marginally by these forces so far; but, imagines it difficult to believe universities will not be changed in significant, perhaps radical, ways over the next few decades.  Armstrong focuses on forces impacting higher education.  I believe you will find this website to be a tremendous resource that challenges your thinking about what is happening in higher education.

    Rick Lillie (CSU San Bernardino)



  • Richard E Lillie
    12 Tech Innovators -- Who are Transforming Campuses6
    blog entry posted July 26, 2012 by Richard E Lillie, tagged research, teaching, technology, technology tools in TwT public

    The Chronicle of Higher Education has published its first e-book titled Rebooting the Academy:  12 Tech Innovators Who Are Transforming Campuses.  The book is available through Amazon.com in Kindle format.

    Bob Jensen commented about the book in an AECM posting this morning.  Rather than purchasing the e-book at this point, I decided to learn something about the work of each innovator.  I discovered that the name of each innovator on the Chronicle web page is an active hyperlink to a support web page describing the innovator and his(her) work.

    Click the image below to access the "Technology" page (Thursday, July 26, 2012) in the Chronicle of Higher Education.  Click the name of an innovator to find out about the person's work.  Also, peruse the feedback comments at the bottom of the Chronicle web page.  The comments are quite good.

    If an innovator's stories tweaks your interest, you may want to search deeper for articles about the innovator's work. Alternatively, you may decide it's time to purchase the Kindle e-book.


    Rick Lillie (Cal State, San Bernardino)



  • Richard E Lillie
    Podcast: The Google Generation -- Myth or Reality?1
    blog entry posted September 17, 2010 by Richard E Lillie, tagged research in TwT public

    JISC is an advisory committee to higher education in the UK.  Periodically, JISC issues research reports about higher education.  Click the icon below to access one of JISC's latest reports dealing with "The Google Generation."

    We have all heard about "Millennial" students and how tech savvy they are supposed to be.  From my experience, I am not at all certain that what we hear is true.  I find that Millennial (Google Generation) students have the fastest thumbs in the west and can answer a cell phone call at the speed of light.  Beyond this, their technology related skills, from an academic perspective, seem quite limited.

    This JISC podcast talks about characteristics of Millennial (Google Generation) students.  It runs about 22 minutes.  Click the icon below to access the JISC website.  Click the start button (>) to listen to the podcast.


    Rick Lillie (CalState San Bernardino)

    Podcast icon

    Link to related articleGoogle Generation is a myth, says new research (JISC)

  • Richard E Lillie
    Emerging Technologies in Distance Education -- Outstanding...106
    blog entry posted September 7, 2010 by Richard E Lillie, tagged research in TwT public

    In July, 2010 AU Press (Athabasca University, Canada) published a book that I think you will find is an excellent resource for ideas about using technology in teaching and learning.  The book entitled Emerging Technologies in Distance Education is edited by George Veletsianos.

    AU Press makes the book available for free in Adobe Acrobat (.pdf) format.  You may download the entire publication or selected chapters.

    This book is worth exploring.  It may not turn you into a "pro from Dover" (to draw on the line from the movie Mash).  However, it should help you better understand how to use technology when you design course materials and share them with your students.


    Rick Lillie (Cal State, San Bernardino)

    Emerging Technologies in Distance Education

  • Richard E Lillie
    Personal Research Database -- Created with Zoho Creator
    blog entry posted July 4, 2010 by Richard E Lillie, tagged research in TwT public

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