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Adding Moodle Competencies in 6 Easy Steps

Moodle 3.1 now includes competencies. Competencies describe the level of understanding or proficiency of a learner in certain subject-related skills. Competency-based education (CBE), also known as Competency-based learning or Skills-based learning, refers to systems of assessment and grading where students demonstrate these competencies. In Moodle 3.1 it is possible to create and apply Competency frameworks for evaluating students against competencies.

In this blog post, we will walk you through 5 steps to getting competencies set-up on your Moodle instance.


Step 1: Enable Competencies (Site Administrator)


The first step is to have your Moodle site administrator double check that competencies are enabled on your Moodle instance.

To enable competencies:

Site administration > Competencies > Competency settings



Step 2: Setting-up Your Competency Frameworks (Site Administrator)


Next you need to set-up your competency frameworks. These are the different categories of competencies you will use. You can have multiple frameworks set-up on your site. For example, you may have a framework set-up for competencies for students, and another one for teachers and a third for administrators.

Moodle site administrators can set-up their competencies by going to:

Site administration > Competencies > Competency frameworks

Every competency framework has to include a unique ID Number.

You can set-up your own scales for your framework (i.e. Proficient, Not proficient).

Taxonomies refer to the names of the different levels of your competencies. So maybe your Level 1 are called “Competencies” but the next level down are called “Objectives”.

Competency frameworks may be imported using Moodle plugins.

Step 3: Adding Competencies to the Framework (Site Administrator)


Once your competencies are set-up, the next step is for the Moodle Site Administrator to add the competencies to the Framework.

To add competencies go to:

Site administration > Competencies > Competency frameworks

And click on the title of the Framework to add the competencies.

You can also add site-wide rules for meeting a competency.


Step 4: Adding Competencies to Courses (Teachers)


Teachers can add competencies to their courses.  To add competencies to your courses go to:

Course administration > Course competencies.

A student can also see (but not change) the competencies linked to a course from

Course administration > Course competencies.  Students can also see their current rating for each competency.

Step 5: Adding Competencies to Activities (Teachers)


To add competencies to specific activities, click on Edit next to the activity. In the competencies section, select one or more competencies from the list of course competencies. If desired, set what students should do upon activity completion – attach evidence, send for review or complete the competency.

Step 6: View a Competency Breakdown Report (Teachers)


The competency breakdown report allows teachers to view the competencies of each student in their course, along with their ratings. To view the Competency Breakdown Report go to:

Course administration > Reports > Competency Breakdown

A course teacher can rate the students against each of the course competencies from Course administration > Reports > Competency breakdown. Select a student from the menu and then click on the desired competency.

Learn more by viewing our webinar:


Need help setting up competencies for your organization?

eClass4learning instructional designers can help. Contact us at 800.408.4935 x 1 or [email protected].

Tammy Frame

[email protected]

Dr. Frame is the Founder and Chief Education Officer of eClass4learning.

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