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CASE for Academic Standards and Competencies

  • How might a tool such as a Learning Management System (LMS) exchange information about learning and education competencies with other systems such as assessment tools, certificate and competency-base evaluation, curriculum applications, and any tool?
  • How might you ensure that these competencies are academic standards aligned?

This is where CASE, the IMS Global Competencies and Academic Standard Exchange specification would be an important integration to have in your LMS and other competencies based tools.

When evaluating an LMS or any competency based evaluation application, it's import to ask if:

  • CASE has been implemented or
  • the tool is certified with IMS Global for CASE specification.

This standard makes it possible to exchange competency definitions so that the software can easily access and manage competency data. CASE is also able to exchange rubrics and performance tasks criteria.

Why is the ability to exchange competencies, performance criteria, and rubrics be useful to a teacher or school district?

Imagine that your district can build a student profile that contains a learning history or learning map that travels with the student as she moves from grade to grade. The teacher can pull a student's profile to see where a student excels or have deficiencies down to the competency level, at each grade. The teacher can intervene to provide extra help or assignments that build up the student's skill level.

The district or school can provide the teacher of an incoming class, a profile of her classroom with a breakdown into specific competencies. She can see trends of where extra of instruction might be needed. She can also see when students meet their competencies during the course of her class.

Districts can build a student profile and learning history down to the competency level by insuring that the LMS, assessment, content publisher, etc are compliant with the CASE specification.

Why is the electronic exchange of competencies between systems important?

Real time data.

It's important to:

  • Teachers: They should be able to see student learning history before the class begins for planning purposes. They should be able to see learning history during the class to measure their own performance and that of their students. They should be able to see it at the end of their class and know that her graduating class is prepared for the next grade.
  • Districts: They can make decisions based on data. Allocate resources based on student need.

What good is achieved with competency information after the student has already graduated?