Toward Practical Computing Competencies

Raj, Rajendra K.; Sabin, Mihaela; Impagliazzo, John; Bowers, David; Daniels, Mats; Hermans, Felienne; Kiesler, Natalie; Kumar, Amruth N.; MacKellar, Bonnie; McCauley, Renée; Nabi, Syed Waqar and Oudshoorn, Michael (2021). Toward Practical Computing Competencies. In: Proceedings of the 26th ACM Conference on Innovation and Technology in Computer Science Education V. 2, 26 Jun 2021-1 Jul 2021, Virtual Event, pp. 603–604.



Competency-based learning has been a successful pedagogical approach for centuries, but only recently has it gained traction within computing education. Building on recent developments in the field, this working group will explore competency-based learning from practical considerations and show how it benefits computing. In particular, the group will identify existing computing competencies and provide a pathway to generate competencies usable in the field. The working group will also investigate appropriate assessment approaches, provide guidelines for evaluating student attainment, and show how accrediting agencies can use these techniques to assess the level of competence reflected in their standards and criteria. Recommendations from the working group report are intended to help practical computing education writ large.

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