This tool aims to integrate academic and experiential competencies that support the quality of the student experience on campus. By establishing a common vocabulary for the development of learning outcomes for all learning activities, we can help students better understand the competencies they can acquire throughout their academic career.
The University of Ottawa used a participatory methodology to develop this institutional competency framework. Representatives from all faculties at the faculty, service and student levels contributed to the selection and refinement of terminology for these competencies.
Has the ability to conduct systematic analyses of issues, ideas and events before drawing conclusions or forming opinions relevant to a specific situation.
Problem solving and creativity
Generates or designs high-quality, original, and elegant solutions or products to address complex problems.
Presentation in various forms
Able to present arguments and ideas using appropriate modes of communication adapted to different audiences in oral and/or written and/or visual form.
Decision-making and behaviour
Cultivates values of honesty, trust, fairness and respect to inform ethical decision-making and truthful behaviour.
Autonomy and resiliency
Decisions, flexibility and adaptation
Effectively makes decisions and demonstrates flexible work practices. Positively adapts to challenges and preserves in the face of adversity.
Intellectual curiosity and lifelong learning
Driven to engage with the world through an open-minded pursuit of knowledge and insight.
Works in conjunction with others to achieve specific common objectives.
Demonstrates keen self-perception that draws upon life experiences as a resource for personal development.
Involved in community life and aware of social issues on both a local and global scale.
Capacity to engage with other cultures by demonstrating flexibility in one's thinking, valuing collective actions (or goals) and developing language skills like bilingualism.
Adopts and develops new practices with digital technology in order to be able to better analyze and develop a critical perspective on content and underlying systems, services and networks.