Northern Arizona University (NAU) and Pearson today announced a partnership to create the region’s first competency-based online learning degree programs, as part of NAU’s new Personalized Learning Division. Pearson will collaborate closely with NAU to design more than 90 completely online competency-based courses. The courses will be offered through the Pearson LearningStudio online learning platform. Course modules will include readiness assessment and remediation, and align with degree program competencies. The programs will be available in January 2013.
Personalized Learning at NAU allows students to jump-start certain bachelor’s degree programs by pre-testing to determine what they already know, allowing them to receive credits for prior learning and experience. The program then provides a variety of individualized academic resources to ensure steady progress, including extensive mentoring. Students work online at their own pace, receiving assistance based on frequent assessments of their needs and learning styles. Faculty will actively participate by advising and mentoring, using information gained from student tests and other inputs to offer customized strategies for success.