CCmapper - for Curriculum Competency Mapping
Competency mapping is central to many accreditation processes where
individuals or courses need to be assesed before they are accepted as
meeting the accreditation requirements. There are may examples of
this task, for example:
If these accreditation requirements are based on a set of demonstrated
competencies then it is necessary to map the course or personms
demonstrated experience against these competencies.
- The accrediation of courses of study that produce graduates that
meet nominated professional requirements (e.g. Medicine, Law,
Engineering, and many others).
- The acreditation of persons registered to perform nominated tasks (e.g Safety Officers, Trade Qualifications, Health Paraprofessionals, and many more).
Where competencies are simply (perhaps like recognition of a letter in
an alphabet) a pass or fail then the tasks is relatively straight
forward. It is becoming more widely recognised that this approach
to competency assessment is too simplistic in many situations. It
is now recognised that competency is more often achieved at some level
of achievement. This recognition is based on the work of Benjamin
Bloom to proposed his Taxonomy of Learning Outcomes.
For more complex tasks, like many that are performed in daily work, the
achievment may be well done or poorly done, or it may be done
simplistically or in a more sophisticated way. Bloom proposes a
6-level scale that describes the various levels of capability.
Now there are many interpretations Bloom's Taxonomy and it has been refined to apply in different domains of learning:
Once we accept the need to measure competencies then we open up a wide
range of analysis tasks that are required to properly recognise this in
a competency mapping exercise.
- Cognitive Domain - concerns knowledge, comprehension and critical thinking.
- The Affective Domain - concerns how people react emotionally to situations.
- The Psychomotor Domain - concerns the ability to manipulate things.
CCmapper is a computer-based tools to support competency mapping tasks.
A brief overview of CCmapper can be downloaded form here. For more details please use the Contact Form.
An online demo of the package is available upon request.