Pakistan Engineering council (PEC) is a provisional signatory to the Washington Accord. To be able to get the regular membership status, PEC must implement outcome based education (OBE) as compared to the current traditional teaching approach in the engineering degree awarding institutes (ADI) in Pakistan.
Outcome-based education (OBE) is an educational theory that bases each part of an educational system around goals (outcomes). By the end of the educational experience, each student should have achieved the goal. Outcome-based methods have been adopted in education systems around the world, at multiple levels.
It has been argued, and for good reasons, that outcome-based education (OBE) represents the most important development in education in the past two decades. A clear specification of the end product of training and the associated learning outcomes is essential for effective curriculum planning.
OBE Process. ‘Constructive alignment’ is the process that we usually follow when we build up an OBE syllabus. It is a term coined by Professor John Biggs in 1999, which refers to the process to create a learning environment that supports the learning activities appropriate to achieving the desired learning outcomes.
Four principles guide the trans-formational OBE approach, taken together they strengthen the conditions for both learner and teacher success: clarity of focus. design down. high expectations.
OBE fosters a better integration between education at school, workplace and higher education level. OBE helps learners to accept responsibility for learning, as they are now at the centre of the learning process. Recognition of prior learning prevents the duplication and repetition of previous learning situations.