Monday, August 27, 2012

Outcome-Based Education (OBE)


WHAT is OBE ?

“Outcome-Based Education (OBE) means clearly focusing and organizing everything in an educational system around what is essential for all students to be able to do successfully at the end of their learning experiences. This means starting with a clear picture of what is important for students to be able to do , then organizing the curriculum, instruction, and assessment to make sure this learning ultimately happens” (Spady, 1994). Hence, OBE is a process that involves the restructuring of curriculum, assessment and reporting practices in education (electrical eng education) to reflect the achievement of high order learning and mastery rather than accumulation of course credit

WHY OBE?
  • Promotes high expectations and greater learning for all students.
  • Prepares students for life and work in the 21st Century.
  • Fosters more authentic forms of assessment (i.e., students write to show they know how to use English well, or complete math problems to demonstrate their ability to solve problems.
  • Encourages decision making regarding curriculum, teaching methods, school structure and management at each school or district level.
  • Advocated by Washington Accord (current permanent signatories, US, UK, Canada, Japan,…)
  • Accredited Engineering Graduates are recognized by other signatory countries. (Possible employment as engineers in those countries without further Outcome-Based Education (OBE) examinations).
HOW we implement OBE?
  • Guided by EAC Accreditation Manual
  • Documentation to satisfy EAC requirements (SOP, Unit files, PBL assignments, exam/test, lab manual, samples, thesis, industrial training reports, etc.)
  • Outcome assessment methods and survey
  • Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI)
  • Problem-based Learning (PBL)

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