The Design of Competency-Based Performance Assessment in E-Learning

Dominique Sluijsmans*, Frans Prins, Rob Martens

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    Though effort has been invested in designing powerful e-learning environments, relatively little attention has been paid to the design of valid en reliable assessments in these environments. This article focuses on the design of competency-based performance-assessment in e-learning. An approach to designing performance assessments in e-learning contexts is presented, that implies also an alternative view on instructional design, learning and assessment. The requirements for the learning environment are addressed. Examples from a virtual seminar are presented to illustrate the design approach. The article concludes with the identification of possible pitfalls related to the approach and gives directions for future research.
    Original languageEnglish
    Article number45
    Pages (from-to)45-66
    Number of pages22
    JournalLearning Environments Research
    Issue number1
    Publication statusPublished - 7 Mar 2006


    • powerful e-learning environments
    • competency-based performance-assessment


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