ibstpi, in its continuing work to develop competencies that enhance performance and productivity in various education and training environments, is excited to announce that its most recent effort in this arena will soon result in the release of a new book in its ongoing series of competency-related publications. Jossey-Bass will soon publish: Learner Competencies – Attitudes, Knowledge, and Skills for Successful Learning in Online Settings- the culmination of a 5-year research and writing project undertaken by a team of ibstpi Directors.
This work has been conceived and designed to be useful and accessible to students and trainees engaged in online and blended learning situations, and of interest to various providers (e.g., instructors, trainers, course designers, student support personnel, and further, to institutions and organizations sponsoring diverse education and training courses and programs delivered at a distance via digital means).
The initiative was motivated by a conviction that, in the context of the worldwide phenomenon of exponential growth of online teaching and learning, there is an increasingly compelling need for both users and providers to better understand what constitutes successful learning in online settings, and more effectively apply the attitudes, knowledge and skills that will contribute to successful learning outcomes.
Accordingly, the authors have identified, articulated and validated a comprehensive set of 14 competencies and 84 performance statements that illustrate appropriate use of those competencies; and has suggested how these might be best implemented to achieve optimum success for both learners and instructors engaged in collaborative online activities.
Michael Moore, editor of The American Journal of Distance Education, in his Forward to the book asks: “What specifically are those competencies needed for success when learning outside the traditional classroom?” He goes on to then state: “This new book must be welcomed as a significant step forward in the pursuit of answers to this key question.” With this comprehensive set of competencies validated through a systematic process with worldwide input from experts, all who are engaged in, or aspire to do so, now have a valuable new resource to support their goals and efforts.
Care was taken to arrive at a set of competencies intended to be useful in diverse settings, encompassing a wide variety of programs, institutions, delivery modes, cultures, languages, and regions. Assuming we have succeeded in this endeavor, we are hopeful that these online learner competencies advance learning and performance for individuals and organizations worldwide.