Valuing Prior Learning: Designing an ICT Artifact to Assess Professional Competences Through Text Mining

Fahrenbach, Florian ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-4889-5283 and Cerqueira Revoredo, Kate and Santoro, Flavia Maria (2020) Valuing Prior Learning: Designing an ICT Artifact to Assess Professional Competences Through Text Mining. European Journal of Training and Development, 44 (2/3). pp. 209-235. ISSN 2046-9012

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Abstract

Purpose: This paper introduces an ICT artifact that uses text mining to support the innovative and standardized assessment of professional competences within the validation of prior learning. By assessing, we mean comparing identified and documented professional competences against a standard or reference point. We evaluate the designed artifact by matching a set of curriculum vitae (CV) scraped from LinkedIn against a comprehensive model of professional competence. Design/Methodology/Approach: A design science approach informed the development and evaluation of the ICT artifact presented in this paper. Findings: A proof of concept shows that the ICT artifact can support assessors within the validation of prior learning procedure. Rather the output of such an ICT artifact can be used to structure documentation in the validation process. Research limitations/implications: Evaluating the artifact shows that ICT support to assess documented learning outcomes is a promising endeavor but remains a challenge. Further research should work on standardized ways to document professional competences, ICT artifacts that capture the semantic content of documents, and refine ontologies of theoretical models of professional competences. Practical implications: Text mining methods to assess professional competences rely on large bodies of textual data - thus a thoroughly built and large portfolio is necessary as input for this ICT artifact. Originality/value: Following the recent call of European policy makers to develop standardized and ICT-based approaches for the assessment of professional competences, we designed and evaluated an ICT artifact that supports the automatized assessment of professional competences within the validation of prior learning.

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Additional Information: The first author was partially funded by the EU H2020 program under MSCA-RISE agreement 645751 (RISE BPM) and FFG Austrian Research Promotion Agency (project number: 866270). The second author was partially funded by Österreichische Akademie der Wissenschaften.
Keywords: Assessment, Proof of concept, Text mining, Design science, Professional competences, Validation of prior learning
Divisions: Departments > Informationsverarbeitung u Prozessmanag. > Informationswirtschaft > Wissensmanagement
Version of the Document: Published
Depositing User: Gertraud Novotny
Date Deposited: 17 Nov 2020 11:48
Last Modified: 18 Nov 2020 11:15
Related URLs:
FIDES Link: https://bach.wu.ac.at/d/research/results/91702/
URI: https://epub.wu.ac.at/id/eprint/7844

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