Setting up a Competency Framework

Site administrators and users with the capability to manage competency frameworks at site or category level can create a competency framework and define associated competencies.

  • Go to Site administration > Competencies > Competency frameworks to create competencies in the system, or access the same link from a category administration block to add them from a category.
  • Any existing frameworks are displayed here, and you click the button to create a new one:


Click the button to add a new framework

  • The ID number should be very specific, especially if it is likely that you will have multiple versions of a competency framework on the site at the same time (e.g. when revising the framework each year). 
  • The Scale is the default scale used when rating a competency. An individual competency in a framework can have a different scale to the framework.
  • Clicking Configure scales displays extra information about the scale for ratings. There should be a default value, which is assigned when the competency is completed by an automated rule - and the list of values that are deemed "proficient" need to be listed so that the student can see at a glance, which competencies have been achieved and which have not.
  • From the Taxonomies drop downs, you can define the words used to describe competencies in the framework, depending on their depth in the tree. 

Once you have created a competency framework, it will appear in the list of frameworks and you can add competencies to it.

Adding competencies to a framework

To add competencies to a framework, click on the framework name to go to the page where you can manage the competencies for this framework.


Managing competencies for the Mathematics framework

This page lets you build the tree of competencies that defines your competency framework. To start adding competencies, first click on a node in the tree (the topmost node in the tree will be the framework itself), then click on the "Add competency" button. (If you have changed the name in Taxonomies, the button will be named differently, such as "Add skill".)

  • The ID number - this is required and must be unique within this competency framework. It is used to map competencies in backup and restore, as well as when migrating to a newer version of a competency framework.
  • The Scale and items in "Configure scales" will default to the scale configured for the competency framework, but can be changed for an individual competency if required.
  • Clicking Edit next to a competency once it has been created and selected displays other options, for example marking it as "related" to other competencies or creating an automatic completion rule. An automatic completion rule allows one competency to be completed automatically when all sub-competencies are complete.


More options with selected competencies

Setting a competency rule

  • A competency may be marked complete when other competencies are complete or have a certain number of points.
  • To do this, click Edit next to the competency and choose Competency rule
  • Click in the box next to Outcome (1 below) and choose "Mark as complete" (2 below.)

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  • From the new 'When' field, you can choose 'All children are complete' or 'Points required are met. For 'Points required' you can then set the points and whether or not a competency is required: