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The Future of Transversal Competencies in Higher Education Assessment

The Future of Transversal Competencies in Higher Education Assessment
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Author(s): Jean Cushen (Maynooth University, Ireland) and Lauren Durkin (Rider University, USA)
Copyright: 2022
Pages: 16
Source title: Handbook of Research on Future of Work and Education: Implications for Curriculum Delivery and Work Design
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): Sunil Ramlall (Concordia University Wisconsin, USA), Ted Cross (Western Governors University, USA) and Michelle Love (Western Governors University, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-7998-8275-6.ch015

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Abstract

This chapter evaluates the rising significance of transversal competencies and the implications for higher education assessment practices. Transversal competencies are expected to play a definitive role in future of work scenarios. This chapter evaluates the decisions and impacts surrounding the integration of transversal competencies into higher education assessments. In particular, the chapter explores the commitments and adjustments that higher education leaders must make to build the competence assessment infrastructure and supports required. The guiding role ‘student-centred learning' pedagogies can play is discussed. Relatedly, early-stage competence frameworks are offered as insight into how student-centred learning can deliver novel, active, reflective assessments that embrace competence diversity and target meaningful development. Finally, a roadmap is offered for higher education leaders to guide them in this challenging but pertinent transformation of university teaching and learning.

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