Assessing competences - Digital evidence

We need to design competence-based assessment to make sure that our learners have achieved the desired competences. The key to competence assessment is that it is based on actual skills and knowledge that a person can demonstrate in the workplace or other contexts. 

Evidence hold proof of your skills and competences. They are tangible, instead of inteangible declarations. In our course (and often in e-learning) they will be in a digital format.

Examples can vary from digital documents (e.g. project outline in .pdf), software you worked on, audio and video files documenting your activities, photos of your work. They can be a direct result of your activities e.g. taking picture of your project or recording your lecture.

Examples of evidence:

  • screenshots of your post on discussion forum,
  • link to the videoconference recording that you participated in an active way,
  • reflective commentary on evidence with description about relevance to you/reasons why you selected the evidence,
  • photo of you giving a lecture,
  • file with scenario of workshop that you designed and conducted,
  • feedback from your students after the workshop with your reflection.

Characteristics of good evidence:

  • coherence with the goals - the evidence should correspond to your learning/development goal and should provide proof for competences that you want to demonstrate,
  • re-use - evidence that with little change can be re-purposed for different audience or a different goal,
  • accessibilityevidence should be availiable in accessible and universal file formats, such as PDF, JPG, TXT, MP3 and the like,
  • access - when availiable through a secured website, login options should be provided for the audience. So if possible, provide open (and easy) access to the materials you want to share.

Examples of re-use

It is important to realize that one evidence can provide proof for different competences and skills as well as that a particular format of evidence can hold more information about the author than another.

For instance your welding skills can be described in a short text but will be presented much better in a short film or photograph of the items that you have produced. Additionaly such evidence will prove your digital skills of recording, editing and publishing  online.

Further reading is available for those who want to learn How to identify competences?.

Time: 10 minutes

Last modified: Thursday, 12 June 2014, 5:22 PM