Developing a Common Metadata Model for Competencies Description

Demetrios Sampson*, Pythagoras Karampiperis, Demetrios Fytros

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Competence-based approaches are frequently adopted as the key paradigm in both formal or non-formal education and training. To support the provision of competence-based learning services, it is necessary to be able to maintain a record of an individual’s competences in a persistent and standard way. In this paper, we investigate potential issues related with the definition of a common metadata model for competencies description. This is done by applying the current state-of-the-art specification, IMS Reusable Definition of Competency or Educational Objective(IMSRDCEO), in a real case study, that is,the EuroPass Language Passport. We, then, identify four open issues with the description capabilities of the IMSRDCEO specification, and propose possible extensions to its information model, demonstrating their application in practice.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)137-150
Number of pages14
JournalInteractive Learning Environment
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 17 Aug 2007
Externally publishedYes


  • Competence
  • Competence Description Model


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