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Pages: 715-723
Publication year: 2014
ISBN: 978-84-617-0557-3
ISSN: 2340-1117

Conference name: 6th International Conference on Education and New Learning Technologies
Dates: 7-9 July, 2014
Location: Barcelona, Spain

RUBRIC ASSESSMENT IN A COMPETENCY-BASED LEARNING APPLIED TO FORESTRY DEGREE

The adaptation to the Bologna Process has entailed changes towards a new framework of European convergence: the European Higher Education Area (EHEA) in which students are the focus of the learning process. The approach used to teaching and learning was based into learning concrete skills, called Competency-based learning or Competency Based Education. To evaluate the learning level, we developed an outcomes-based assessment rubric which is a novel systematic instrument for documenting improvement in professional skills.

We selected and developed rubrics aimed at introducing specific performance indicators to measure the level of learning and training related to the main proposed competences related to Forestry Degree skills. The rubric assessment has been gradually introduced in a organized and coordinated planning to restructure the Educational planning for the Forestry Degree offered in the Higher Technical School of Agricultural Engineering, located in Albacete (Universidad de Castilla-La Mancha).

The rubric assessment proposal was developed by creating several subgroups; each subgroup was conformed of professors involved in teaching of different subjects belonging to different courses of the Forestry Degree. Each subgroup conformed an independent cell which developed a rubric to evaluate and assess a concrete competence. The rubric was created as a matrix defining an objective scaled level of achievements (or understanding) related to a set of quality criteria for a given type of performance (exam, multiple-choice test, oral presentation, technical reports, etc.). In addition, we built an online tool, called SharePoint, to share rubrics and reviewed versions, evaluations and assessment of competences, performances used and other information, including a forum to argue about different points.

The proposed methodology simplifies the process to implement the competency-based learning and helps to the teaching staff to assess competencies included in the objectives of Forestry Degree. The developed rubrics standardized and improved the evaluation method and, at the same time, improved the knowledge of students by clarifying the expectations of their teacher (or trainer) about the proposed performances in each subject. In this way, the Competency-based learning carried out using rubrics, which should be adapted to different degrees, demonstrated as useful tools to implement the educational strategy and to improve results and skills for learning and teaching.
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author = {Moya, D. and Alvarez Ort{\'{i}}, M. and Andr{\'{e}}s Abell{\'{a}}n, M. and Bernab{\'{e}}u Ca{\~n}ete, R. and Botella Miralles, O. and Candel, D. and Copete Carre{\~n}o, M.A. and Ferrandis, P. and G{\'{o}}mez Ladr{\'{o}}n de Guevara, R. and Gonz{\'{a}}lez Piqueras, J. and L{\'{o}}pez Serrano, F.R. and Lucas Borja, M.E. and Mart{\'{i}}nez-Garc{\'{i}}a, E. and Monreal Montoya, J.A. and Orozco Bayo, E. and Pulido Garc{\'{i}}a, L. and Selva Denia, M. and Tendero Lora, A. and Vill{\'{e}}n Altamirano, J. and Garc{\'{i}}a Morote, F.A.},
title = {RUBRIC ASSESSMENT IN A COMPETENCY-BASED LEARNING APPLIED TO FORESTRY DEGREE},
series = {6th International Conference on Education and New Learning Technologies},
booktitle = {EDULEARN14 Proceedings},
isbn = {978-84-617-0557-3},
issn = {2340-1117},
publisher = {IATED},
location = {Barcelona, Spain},
month = {7-9 July, 2014},
year = {2014},
pages = {715-723}}
TY - CONF
AU - D. Moya AU - M. Alvarez Ortí AU - M. Andrés Abellán AU - R. Bernabéu Cañete AU - O. Botella Miralles AU - D. Candel AU - M.A. Copete Carreño AU - P. Ferrandis AU - R. Gómez Ladrón de Guevara AU - J. González Piqueras AU - F.R. López Serrano AU - M.E. Lucas Borja AU - E. Martínez-García AU - J.A. Monreal Montoya AU - E. Orozco Bayo AU - L. Pulido García AU - M. Selva Denia AU - A. Tendero Lora AU - J. Villén Altamirano AU - F.A. García Morote
TI - RUBRIC ASSESSMENT IN A COMPETENCY-BASED LEARNING APPLIED TO FORESTRY DEGREE
SN - 978-84-617-0557-3/2340-1117
PY - 2014
Y1 - 7-9 July, 2014
CI - Barcelona, Spain
JO - 6th International Conference on Education and New Learning Technologies
JA - EDULEARN14 Proceedings
SP - 715
EP - 723
ER -
D. Moya, M. Alvarez Ortí, M. Andrés Abellán, R. Bernabéu Cañete, O. Botella Miralles, D. Candel, M.A. Copete Carreño, P. Ferrandis, R. Gómez Ladrón de Guevara, J. González Piqueras, F.R. López Serrano, M.E. Lucas Borja, E. Martínez-García, J.A. Monreal Montoya, E. Orozco Bayo, L. Pulido García, M. Selva Denia, A. Tendero Lora, J. Villén Altamirano, F.A. García Morote (2014) RUBRIC ASSESSMENT IN A COMPETENCY-BASED LEARNING APPLIED TO FORESTRY DEGREE, EDULEARN14 Proceedings, pp. 715-723.
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