cbe competency based education prototype

The idea of added a Competency Based Education functionality to Moodle 3.1 has been on the table for a while now. Recently, the developers over at Moodle.net released a few prototypes to the public for early testing and feedback.

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You can access the prototypes here.

From Moodle.org,  Competency or Skill-based learning:

refers to systems of assessment and grading where students demonstrate their understanding, proficiency, or ‘competency’ in certain subject-related skills. CBE (Competency-based education) in Moodle is a framework for evaluating students against competencies in Moodle.

Incorporating CBE into Moodle is still very much a work in progress, but there is already a good deal of documentation available about how this will function in a future version of the LMS. You can follow along as this documentation is created here. Topics already online for review include:

  • How to set up a competency framework
  • How to set up a learning plan template (using the competency framework)
  • What individual learning plans will look like
  • How to provide evidence of prior learning
  • Displaying required course competencies for students
  • Linking course competencies to activities

And, incidentally, Gavin Hendrik talked about how competencies can be used in Moodle courses at the 2015 US Moot. Check it out here:

Take a few minutes of your day to check out the prototypes at this link. And provide your feedback in the comments below!


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  1. Hi!

    It is very nice to see this progressing. Thank you!

    I have made some small tests and I am mostly concerned with one thing: one should be able to relate competencies to rubric items directly. Today, as far as I was able to try, the relationship is at the assignment level, which is not desireble as in CBE you dont “grade” an assignment and usually use rubric items.

    My suggestion would be to build this link between rubric items and competencies as follows:

    – 1 to many relationship between 1 rubric item and a set of one or more comptencies;

    – the same competency may be evaluated by more than one rubric item and in different tasks inside a course;

    – the competency should be considered as completed only if the student has demonstrated it in all the rubric items in which it is evaluated.

    – in order to decide if a student has completed a course or not, we should be able to have optional competencies, so that if the student does not complete these competencies, he/she still completes the course.

    – it would be nice to have levels of completion for a competency, for instance “competed”, “completed with honor”, “completed with maximum honor”.

    – we should be able to have a comptency hierarchy that is mapped under several courses, so that one student (for instance, a student enrolled in an undergrad program) competencies transcript could be easily extracted.

    Well, count on me if you need more suggestions and test help.

    Best regards!


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