• What is competency-based learning?
  • MATRIX and competency-based learning
  • Example of how an instructor uses this
  • How to use Mastery in MATRIX

Competency-based learning

What is competency-based learning?

Competency-based learning emphasizes the demonstration of concrete and measurable skills. Usually, a course must help learners acquire certain competencies. By using competencies, instructors can track how well learners are learning those skills, one by one.

Competency-based learning also focuses on skill mastery. The main principle is that learners progress through competencies as they learn and cannot advance from one module to another without having mastered them first.

How MATRIX supports competency-based learning?

MATRIX provides an effective way of implementing competency-based learning for training programs through the Mastery feature. Instructors can upload competencies or create their own competencies, then tag course content with the competencies it should be teaching.

Mastery helps instructors save time when creating and delivering courses as they can also easily keep up with each learner’s progress through the course. It also allows instructors to intervene if learners need help with a particular topic or need recommendations for improvement.

An example of how an instructor uses competency-based learning in MATRIX

A Graphics Design course must cover all the skills that new employees of a Design company need for their professional development. The instructor can create a new set of competencies and then tag each module and assessment with the competencies that they are teaching or assessing. For example, a “Design Principles” module must cover Proportion and Balance as competencies.

The instructor is then able to see if a module only partially teaches the Design concepts or if there are certain learning units that don’t cover any of the competencies. A module would be incomplete if it teaches the competency Design Principles, but it does not assess it.

The instructor can also track each learner’s progress through the course and see how well they are progressing through each competency. An instructor can also intervene in the training process when learners need recommendations or extra help to master a certain skill. The instructor can also trigger actions such as automatically sending messages, enrolling learners in groups, awarding badgers, and more. For example, if a learner’s competency rating stays at 95 percent for a week, they can be added to another, more advanced Design course.

How to use Mastery in MATRIX

MATRIX provides all the tools instructors need to make sure class content is compliant with the skills they want to teach and assess and to track learner progress using competency-based learning. Here is an overview of the Mastery features available in MATRIX:

Upload or create competencies

Instructors can create competencies directly in MATRIX or they can upload their own. You can add one or more set of competencies to a course.You can add one or more set of competencies to a course.

Add competencies to modules and assessments

After competencies have been added to the course, instructors can tag modules with the competencies it should be teaching and assessments with the competencies they should be assessing.

Coverage analysis of competencies

After tagging the course content and assessments with competencies, you can see an overview of how well the course covers the competencies. This is a great way of identifying weak spots in your course and making sure each competency is being taught and assessed during the course.

Automation for Mastery

You can add actions that should be performed when learners reach a certain competency level. For example, if they achieve more than 80% on a competency you can unlock an advanced module. If a learner stays between a 30 - 40% competency level for more than 10 days, you can set up a rule to get an alert when this happens and send learners recommendations on how to improve in that area.

There are many options for actions that can be triggered, such as enrolling learners in courses and paths, sending messages to learners and instructors, locking modules, and more.

Save and share competencies as Resources

Created competencies can be stored in the Resources library and reused for other courses. They can also be shared with other instructors.

Tracking learner progress in classes

As learners advance through the course you will see an overview of their mastery level and how well they are understanding the concepts. The mastery grid displays details about the level of each competency and you can easily identify areas where learners are doing well or where they need to improve.

Mastery levels for all learners are also displayed in the Learners area of a course and information is updated in real-time. You can also see details about a learner’s mastery level by clicking on the Mastery chart in the Learners section. Mastery progress is also displayed on the profile pages of learners.

Learner view of mastery

Learners their mastery progress on the course landing page. If they click on the Mastery chart, they will see a detailed overview of their progress through the course competencies.