Competencies help track information about the knowledge, skills and abilities learners acquire as they participate in courses or other learning experiences. Competencies are an inventory of skills and knowledge, rather than measures of how good learners are at something. Other vocabulary used to describe competencies can include “proficiencies”, “learning outcomes”, “standards”, “objectives”, and “skills”. Examples of competencies can include:
- Certification to operate a forklift
- Expertise on how to troubleshoot a network
- Essential teaching skills acquired from a teacher education curriculum
- License to operate a motorboat after successful completion of a boating safety course
The types of competencies you create and track depend on your institution and what you ultimately want to do with the information.
Use the Competencies tool to create competency structures to help you assess users’ learning outcomes and determine if they have acquired the intended knowledge, skills, and abilities from a learning experience. The transparency and accountability of competency structures have an advantage over traditional grading mechanisms, because they do not mask gaps in learning with general, overall grade averages.
What are the basics of competency structures?
- Accessing Competencies
- Understanding competency structures
- Understanding competency structure relationships
- Managing Competencies tool settings
How do I automate competency structure evaluation?
- Understanding automatic evaluation
- Initiating automatic evaluation
- Disabling automatic evaluation
- Manually initiating an evaluation
- Monitoring the re-evaluation service
How do I evaluate competency structure activities?
- Evaluating dropbox activities
- Evaluating survey activities
- Evaluating discussion topic activities
- Evaluating manual assessment activities
- Evaluating quiz or grade item activities automatically
- Evaluating quiz or grade item activities manually
How do I create and manage competency structure elements?
- Understanding competency status settings
- Creating competencies
- Editing a Draft or In Review competency’s details
- Hiding or showing an Approved competency
- Modifying an Approved competency
- Copying a competency
- Archiving a competency
- Deleting competencies
- Creating learning objectives
- Editing a learning objective’s details
- Copying a learning objective
- Deleting learning objectives
- Creating activities
- Adding associations between competency structure elements
- Removing associations between competency structure elements
- Sharing competency structures
- Tracking competency versions
- Viewing competency structure results
- Overriding competency structure results
- Managing independent learning objectives and independent activities
- Competency structure basics
- Automating competency structure evaluation
- Creating and managing competency structure elements
- Evaluating competency structure activities
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