As this blog enters into its second year and my writing starts to get through some of the preliminary arguments about pedagogy, I will be focusing more on the work I do in the technical standards field.
Conceptual framework for representing competency information
“Competency” is a key concept in HR but it has been little used in education. Instead of saying “Johnny scored 8 / 10 in his test on Wednesday”, competency information seeks to represent the idea that “Johnny is good at x, y or z.”. This sort of information is critical for the development of learning analytics systems and intelligent learning management systems, especially when it can be shared between different software systems. It may also help improve progression from formal education to the world of work.
There have been several attempts made to create data models to allow this sort of information to be exchanged between different systems. None of them (to my mind at least) seem to be entirely satisfactory.
This document seeks to provide a conceptual framework against which different standards can be mapped. We hope that this will allow an informed conversation to occur in which the pros and cons of different approaches can be discussed and, even more important, demonstrated.
I have developed this document in consultation with Simon Grant of JISC/CETIS, who has been working on a project funded by the European Commission for Integrating Learning Outcomes And Competences (InLOC). I wish to thank Simon for his valuable contributions to the document.
Version 2 (June 2013)
An updated version of the same paper, including definitions.
Conceptual framework 1-1 (PDF, 16 pages).