Open Learning Assessment
#DigiFoot12 Badge
Why marks? A blog post from a teenage perspective: Click HERE


What is a Competency? A competency is a statement of the knowledge, skills and/or behaviors students must master in a specific content or performance area. They explicitly explain the expectation for what a learner should be able to know and do. A competency statement represents essential, enduring, transferable concepts that are at the upper end of knowledge taxonomies such as Webb’s strategic thinking or Blooms’ analyze, evaluate and create.
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What is a competency?

  • A competency describes knowledge and skills that can be applied to novel, complex situations.
  • Competencies are the knowledge, skills, and/or behaviors students must master in a specific content or performance area.

Competency Resources:
What is competency?
iNACOL - The Art and Science of Designing Competencies
iNACOL - When Failure is no t an option
Making Mastery Work: A Close-Up View of Competency Education
Website: comptencyworks
Competency- Based Pathways Links
Alberta Education inspiring Education Framework Click HERECompetency Based Learning - Higher Ed Click HEREPeer Feedback and Student Engagement - Click HERE

Case Studies:
Implementing Competency-Based Instruction in High School
Quick - "How To" activities to ascertain student engagement. Click HERE

ePortfolios have the potential to be great tools and demonstrations of learning as long as we can find an easy-to-use free platform that students could take ownership of, and take with them as they moved from from elementary to high school and beyond. Langwitches has great ideas and links about ePortfolios on her blog.

She also has a great 3 part series, Assessment in the Modern Classroom, which details how her school uses and assesses Twitter (, Skype visits with experts and Blogging, and how they use all of these tools together. Sylvia has been using and assessing competencies with web 2.0 tools in her classroom for years, and I always learn from her blog
From: Rhonda Jessen

Here are some great ePortfolio exemplars:

High Tech High

Conserve School

Yokohama International School


In order to create a portfolio of learning, students will be given badges as they complete an open project, module or course.
Badges can be used towards an ADLC competency certificate or Alberta Education Course credit.
Badges are offered as an "accreditation" system for learning that can be outside Alberta Education curriculum or within Alberta Education Curriculum.

Mozilla Open Badges

Badge Options

Badges for Lifelong Learning Competition
Badges "Course" through SCoPE BC Campus

Purdue University

Open Badge Forum

How to Integrate Badges in k12:
This post explores 6 ways to use badges in k-12. I like his 1st (Badges as Alternative Assessment) and 4th (Badges to Develop Lifelong Learning Skills) suggestions the best:

And other accreditation options: