Step 1 – Get familiar with the competencies for sustainable development
The five fields of sustainability competencies serve as a guiding frame and are divided into five sub-competencies. Students should reflect upon each sub-competence and figure out, what it means in the context of the course.
For each sub-competence impulse questions are available which help to reflect upon the own competence development.
Step 2 – Evaluate competencies in a holistic way
The tool proposes three components of competencies:
- knowledge and
Students should evaluate each component on a scale from 0-3, bearing in mind that the self-assessment reflects their individual perception. The assessment-process can be guided through questions like:
- How important is the sub-competence from my perspective? Is it in line with my prioritized values?
- How do I assess my understanding and knowledge in the indicated field?
- Do I apply the knowledge in practice? Which practical experiences have I gained?
Step 3 – Interpret the numeric values and start a dialogue about competencies
As a result of the evaluation, a numeric value is shown for each sub-competence and for the competence field in total, that allows several conclusions. Therefore step 3 is crucial, where students give a qualitative interpretation/justification of the results and deduce options for their own qualification path. The quantitative results can also be verified in dialogues with peers or teachers and thus deepen the reflection-process.
In this context, deviations within the three components of competencies are of particular interest. For instance, if importance is high-rated, knowledge and practical experience however low-rated, it could have implications on personal development but on development of curricula as well.
Step 4 – Compare and reconcile self- and external perception
Depending on the course’s objective and relevance of reflection- and feedback processes, the results of the self-assessment can be compared with different values:
- Maximum: Every sub-competence has a maximum to reach, what means the expert status.
- Results of previous assessments: the comparison with earlier assessments (for example, at the beginning of a course) shows the individual development of competencies.
- Results of external evaluations: the comparison with the result of peer or teacher assessments supports the verification of the self-perception.
If comparative values are used, it is of particular importance to ensure that they are well embedded in a constructive dialogue and feedback setting.
Step 5 – Make competencies visible
The values, generated out of the assessment are graphically displayed in a line chart, which provides a quick overview of strengths, weaknesses and development potentials. If comparison values are used, they are displayed in a corresponding line chart.
The three components of competencies are indicated through three different colors, as the graphic below shows.