Competency Performance Recording for Learning (CPRL)

Competency Performance Recordings for Learning (CPRL): Innovation in Learning

Competency Performance Recordings for Learning (CPRL): Innovation in Learning

CPRL is a teaching and learning instructional strategy aimed at “resuscitating” students’ learning of the analytical process of problem solving, thus enhancing their problem solving skills as well as their understanding of core course concepts.  It was conceived and developed from lessons learned the initial LINC project (2003-2008), as well as from decades of experience teaching college-level STEM courses to underserved student populations.

CPRL utilizes a system of “learning by teaching” that helps students identify and apply core course concepts to problem solving in an iterative way. The student is guided by a set of rubrics and, with the aid of a tablet PC, is required to produce an audio/visual recording of the solution-finding process thus emulating a “teacher” role.   Protocols and concepts in LU’s CPR-L activities are evidence-based and broadly accepted as best practices for teaching and learning.

There are three (3) major elements in the CPRL process:

Core Course Concepts – foundational information critical to explaining and understanding the premise set forth in a body of information. Core Course Concepts also relate information across disciplines.

 Rubrics – In education terminology, scoring rubric means “a standard of performance for a defined population.”

Technologies – As used in CPRL, technologies are a collection of tools, techniques systems, and methods of organization that handle an applied input/output relation and perform a specific function. Specific technologies used in CPRL are software, hardware, Internet, and communication technologies.


The CPRL process has three (3) Steps:

Step I:  Articulate – Leads to  understanding the nature and scope of the problem

Step II: Analyze and Assess – Leads the student to thoroughly explore  the facts and scope of the problem.

Step III: Ascertain solution – Determine a logical conclusion to the problem, assuming that Steps I and II were correctly followed.


Read the full CPRL story, including Lessons Learned and Background, the CPRL process,  Rubrics, and the impact on learning that LINC achieved using the CPRL process.

For further information, contact Dr. John K. Coleman: jkcoleman@langston.edu.

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