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Introduction to Competency Based Assessment

Sunday, Oct. 29, 2023  10:00 AM – 12:00 PM MT

Workshop facilitators

  • Marnie Jamieson, University of Alberta
  • Glyn Kennell, University of Saskatchewan
  • Kazi Sumon, University of Calgary

Workshop description

Competency Based Assessment (CBA) evaluates student progress on the mastery of measurable and specific outcomes. This workshop will investigate the CBA process and tools useful for its implementation. Participants will have the opportunity to practice creating a plan for implementing CBA for their own course.

Overview of participatory learning activities

The workshop will incorporate group activities and discussion on Competency Based Assessment (CBA) including advantages and disadvantages of using CBA, creating and weighting learning outcomes for CBA that maximizes advantages and minimizes disadvantages, planning a CBA assessment strategy and timeline, and overall optimization of CBA implementation. Participants are encouraged to bring knowledge and/or details of a specific course/scenario to plan for CBA implementation. Details could include a course outline, course material delivery timeline, course notes, or milestones for constructive alignment.

Specific learning objectives

By the end of this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Consider the merits of using CBA for a particular scenario
  • Consider pitfalls/disadvantages of CBA for a particular scenario
  • Estimate additional resources required to incorporate CBA
  • Create efficient Course Learning Outcomes (CLO) targeted for CBA
  • Create a weighting strategy for CBA Learning Outcomes
  • Consider assessment strategies to facilitate multiple attempts to demonstrate CLO
  • Create a CBA assessment timeline that constructively aligns with course delivery
  • Consider grade calculation options and optimization

Registration is required and costs $25.