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Competency-based Learning and Assessment


Implementing competency-based learning and assessment is a major priority of the NEP 2020. Our education system has to focus on developing problem-solving skills and reduce the reliance on rote memorization. Our students must be 'competent' and not just well-informed.

The transformation to competency-based learning and assessment impacts curriculum design, choice of content, pedagogies, and assessment strategies.

In this workshop, participants will learn about Norman Webb’s depth of knowledge levels, critical competencies related to problem-solving, how curricular objectives are mapped to competencies and proficiency levels, and how to design competency-based questions.

This workshop will help participants TO develop the following competencies.


  • What are the important characteristics of competency-based learning?

  • Why is it important to focus on competencies to develop problem-solving skills?

  • How are curricular objectives mapped to competencies?

  • How can we define the proficiency levels that students must achieve for each competency?

  • What changes do we need to make to our pedagogical and assessment strategies to implement competency based learning and assessment?


  • Define proficiency levels for each competency related to different learning outcomes to meet the curricular objectives.

  • Design tasks that help students demonstrate their competencies.

  • Use DoK levels to design assessment that measures attainment of competencies.


  • Shift focus from ‘rote memorisation’ to ‘competency development’.

  • Mentor self and students to develop deeper insights in their domain/subject.

  • Use competency based assessments to measure student progress.

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