Reasons to use competencies
Competencies help track information about the knowledge, skills, and abilities learners acquire as they participate in courses or other learning experiences. Competencies are an inventory of skills and knowledge rather than measures of how good learners are at something. Other vocabulary used to describe competencies can include proficiencies, learning outcomes, standards, objectives, and skills. Examples of competencies can include:
- Certification to operate a forklift
- Expertise on how to troubleshoot a network
- Essential teaching skills acquired from a teacher education curriculum
- License to operate a motorboat after successful completion of a boating safety course
The types of competencies you create and track depend on your organization and what you ultimately want to do with the information.
Use the Competencies tool to create competency structures to help you assess users' learning outcomes and determine if they have acquired the intended knowledge, skills, and abilities from a learning experience. The transparency and accountability of competency structures have an advantage over traditional grading mechanisms, because they do not mask gaps in learning with overall grade averages.