Supporting life-long competence development using the TENCompetence infrastructure: a first experiment

Judith Schoonenboom, Henk Sligte, Ayman Moghnieh, Davinia Hernández-Leo, Krassen Stefanov, Christian Glahn, Marcus Specht, Ruud Lemmers

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    This paper describes an experiment to explore the effects of the TENCompetence infrastructure for supporting lifelong competence development which is now in development. This infrastructure provides structured, multi-leveled access to learning materials, based upon competences. People can follow their own learning path, supported by a listing of competences and their components, by competence development plans attached to competences and by the possibility to mark elements as complete. We expected the PCM to have an effect on (1) control of participants of their own learning, and (2) appreciation of their learning route, (3) of the learning resources, (4) of their competence development, and (5) of the possibilities of collaboration. In the experiment, 44 Bulgarian teachers followed a distance learning course on a specific teaching methodology for six weeks. Part of them used the TENCompetence infrastructure, part used an infrastructure which was similar, except for the characterizing elements mentioned above. The results showed that in the experimental condition, more people passed the final competence assessment, and people felt more in control of their own learning. No differences between the two groups were found on the amount and appreciation of collaboration and on further measures of competence development.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)53-59
    Number of pages7
    JournalInternational Journal of Emerging Technologies in Learning (Special Issue)
    Issue numberSI 1
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 2008


    • lifelong learning
    • competence development
    • infrastructure
    • evaluation


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