Competency Based Learning

What is it?

This emerging approach to teaching and learning emphasises the obtaining of concrete skills over abstract learning. Rather than a course or a module, every individual skill and learning outcome (known as a competency) constitutes a single unit. Learners work on one competency at a time, which likely constitutes a larger learning goal.

Why is it important?

The University is trialling new ways of documenting our students' mastery of competencies that supplement the traditional transcript. Competency based learning presents an effective method, leveraging advances in learning management systems and supporting technology to accommodate the students' need for flexible learning content.

What to do next?

Establishing the baseline for competency based learning at the University requires an analytics platform that models the life outcomes of our alumni. We should also ensure that rigorous testing platforms are made available for the delivery of competency based curriculum.