AUSTIN (KXAN) – A groundbreaking new learning platform is set to debut at SXSWedu Tuesday. The brains behind the operation? The University of Texas System — the first in the nation to launch something of this caliber.
It’s called TEx, which stands for Total Education Experience. It’s an environment developed to support competency-based education across the entire UT System.
Competency based education means a students progress is measured by proving they have mastered the knowledge and skills for a particular course, no matter how long it takes them. But, what sets the UT System approach apart is it will offer personalized and adaptive degrees;you can customize your college path.
“Existing technology and learning platforms are great tools to support traditional models of higher education, but our next-generation model requires a different kind of technology solution,” Baker Stein said. “We made the decision to initially deliver TEx on mobile devices to ensure we meet students where they are, with the technology that they are used to. The experience will still be available on the web, but the mobile delivery will allow them to take their education with them wherever they go.”
“We are developing a new model of education that provides an alternative and potentially accelerated pathway to a UT-quality degree,” said Marni Baker Stein, Ph.D, chief innovation officer for the Institute of Transformational Learning. “Our degree and certificate programs are designed to build on critical skill sets so that students achieve enduring mastery that better prepares them for the workplace of the future.”
TEx launches in Fall 2015 with STEM and medical sciences courses, areas where Texas has significant employment gaps.