What is Open Entry/Open Exit (Self-Paced)?
Let’s start by breaking this definition down a little.
- Self-Paced means that you are allowed to pick how quickly or slowly you complete your course, as long as you finish by the last day of OE/OE for that semester.
- Open Entry means that you may add a class later into the semester than you can add other types of classes.
- Open Exit means that you may complete a course sooner than the end of the OE/OE semester. This gives you the opportunity to receive grades sooner if needed or take additional courses during the semester.
You may need more time to work with one concept, while needing less time with another. OE/OE allows you to choose how much time to spend on a particular concept and where to focus your attention.
Open Entry/Open Exit classes don’t have set class periods to attend or a date based schedule for completing assessments. There is an orientation that will need to be completed with each instructor before you begin coursework, and at least one proctored assessment that will need to be completed before semester end.
All OE/OE courses are semester driven, meaning that while you can create your own schedule/due dates, you still need to complete the course during the current semester.
Due to the flexibility of the modality, many students have an issue at first with effectively managing their time taking OE/OE classes. There are no regular classes or lectures, which can make it more difficult to keep on task.
Students are used to having regular deadlines in place for assignments, and will have to be self-motivated to complete their coursework in a timely manner. Each instructor will give students a syllabus at orientation that will include suggested due dates to assist them with managing their time. We have found time and time again that students who are regularly turning in coursework are more successful in their course than students who don’t submit work regularly or procrastinate.
Competency Based Education
The MTech conducts education in a way quite different from the traditional manner followed by U.S. high schools, colleges, and universities. In traditional education, high school and university students learn and progress by beginning and completing classes at the same time (e.g., quarters, semesters) and graduate after they have completed all prescribed classes on a grade-to-grade basis. In competency-based education, students are allowed to learn and progress by beginning their courses within days of enrolling. They graduate when they have mastered the skills and competencies of all required courses.