Competence Oriented Learning

In a world where information is accessible to everyone it becomes more and more important in a professional context to not simply know things, but to display competences required for a task. Competence oriented learning is a form of learning adapted to the needs of today. 

Cultural innopreneurs that focus on competence-oriented learning know how to assert themselves in a highly competitive environment and realise innovative ideas. In addition, competency-based learning enables them to continuously develop and keep pace with the ever-changing demands of the market. It is therefore an important building block for the success and long-term competitiveness of cultural innopreneurs.

Competences as defined by various European bodies, as well as by educational experts throughout and beyond Europe, consist of three interrelated ingredients:

  • Knowledge (cognition),
  • Skills (capabilities and the overt behavioural repertoire) and
  • Attitudes (emotions and values).

Competences consist of a combination of cognitive, behavioural and affective elements required for effective performance of a real-world task or activity. A competence is defined as the holistic synthesis of these components. If we see it this way it may be explained as the (inner) potential of a person to tackle a task. From another (an external) perspective a competence may again be divided in three aspects. A competent person is able to:

  • demonstrate behaviour
  • in a specific context and
  • at an adequate level of quality

The development of competences is a very complex matter and is certainly not always a linear process. Competence development is a process which is highly dependent on the competence itself, the potentials (stages) of the learners and also on the external factors such as context and quality expectations.
Competence based learning and competence-based education do not consist of traditional teaching situations. They are based on the idea that the learners learn by experience and discovery. This concept has an impact on how learners may be educated. The idea is that learners need to be actively involved in the learning situation. They learn best in meaningful contexts and in co-operation and interaction with others and with their environment. Thus, they enable themselves to acquire knowledge, construe knowledge and check and cross check their newly constructed ideas with those of others.

Key features of competence-oriented learning:

  • Meaningful contexts
  • Multidisciplinary approach
  • Constructive learning
  • Cooperative, interactive learning
  • Discovery learning
  • Reflective learning
  • Personal(ised) learning

NEMO – Minimal Music for Inclusion

In the NEMO project we strived to bring Minimal Music closer to music educators. We wanted to make this branch of contemporary music more known across Europe, especially to use its unique properties in music education that enable making and creating music without hierarchies and regardless of background and musical knowledge of the participants and therefore use its potential for inclusive music education.
Many music institutions with which we collaborated in the NEMO project remain stuck in traditional methods despite individual desires for change. That’s why COL is important to build bridges of informal learning in formal learn settings.
We felt this was especially needed as as music’s proven benefits for development and integration are often overlooked, leading to reduced hours in schools and cuts in arts funding. Innovation is crucial in the music field, where many practices are entrenched in outdated structures.
Our journey began with a team of passionate individuals dedicated to the success of the project. One important step in our process included understanding the unique challenges in different countries. We then went on to develop competence frame works for music educators to be able to teach this approach and monitor their progress. This was an integral part of our work that included facilitation and general competences, as well as a frame work for practising, teaching and advocating Minimal Music.
The highlight of the project was witnessing our educational approach in action. Being all together and seeing what Minimal Music can do in Education, seeing music created without hierarchies was very valuable and satisfying for all involved.
Going forward we hope to equip more music educators with the tools and skills to teach music inclusively across various settings and build a stronger network of institutions, organisations and individuals how are excited about Minimal Music. In a next step we want to continue the work of our partnership and bring the approach into schools across Europe.


Interview or job application

Prepare questions for an interview with an expert in your field. What knowledge, skills and attitude have they gained to become an expert? Then conduct the interview.

OR: Create a short podcast (5 min) where you are being interviewed as an expert of your field. What knowledge, skills, and attitudes have you acquired to become a professional?

OR: Write a sample job advertisement that covers the competences needed in and provided for your field of work.

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CIP Competence Oriented Learning and Validation Online Module
LINK HERE (Registration required)