Managing competency assessment within Moodle would be an interesting feature for our university virtual campus. There are already some degrees making this kind of assessment (usually using a cloud based spreadsheet) and other degrees are planning to set it up. Therefore, we have been testing how it works and presented to a group of teachers in an online course.
This was our first approach:
- Competencies are activated and course rating going to learning plans option too
- Competency frameworks are created at a category (Faculty) and sub-category (degree) level
- Competency frameworks deal with transversal or cross-disciplinary competencies, such as "public speaking", not specific subject based competencies.
- Specific roles are created at degree and year level. These "learning plan supervisors" would create learning templates, assign them to cohorts and manage them (what this management means will be specified later). (See here permissions assigned to this role)
- 1) Teachers assign competencies to their course 2) link them to activities and configure how evidences or ratings will be submitted to their students' learning plans (action triggered upon activity completion) AND/OR 3) rate them using competency breakdown
- Students can see their progress in their learning plans, teachers don't.
- Learning supervisors review learning plans, rate competencies when needed (evidences attached, reviews required).
- Instead of having a in learning plan with links to evidences in the courses, a copy of every evidence could be stored to a location where LPS has rights to get in (or any other mechanism to solve the problem of LPS not having rights to get into the courses).
- Besides being
able to rate competencies using the competencies breakdown, it would be
interesting that teachers could also attach evidences or send for
reviews the work of their classroom's students. This would allow LPS to
have rich information about students' performance.
- Add some competency rule to competencies that are at the lower in the competency framework. Using a system similar to the competency rule available for upper-level competencies, ratings from different courses would be needed before a student would be rated as competent.
these are my conclusions after testing the Moodle competencies features
and exploring approaches for applying them to a university context. I need
to keep on talking with teachers using or wishing to use any digital
tool to manage transversal competencies assessment, but, right, I wouldn't be able to begin with a pilot project, due to the aforementioned problems.
I would be glad to hear about other approaches or suggestions. I would like to know also if there is a roadmap to develop this feature in upcoming versions. I have seen in the Roadmap page a point stating "Outcomes and competencies - better tracking of what people know", but it would be interesting to be aware of other improvements.