A New Perspective on Competency Management

Implemented Through Effective Human-Computer Interaction
  • Elspeth McKay
  • Kathy Henschke
Conference paper
Part of the IFIP – The International Federation for Information Processing book series (IFIPAICT, volume 292)


Making an informed decision on whether an individual is suited to undertake an educational course or industry training programme can be very frustrating. When dealing with young adults at different cognitive skill levels, it is important to be able to identify and distinguish between their knowledge/competency levels, mostly on the basis of the evidence gathered from test-items. The current absence of appropriate measurement tools to determine skill/competency/knowledge levels remains a practical issue. The main aim of this paper is to discuss the management of this important differentiation in cognitive skill performance. One of the dilemmas surrounding this type of competency evaluation is the time it takes to test an individual. Insisting for instance, that a novice undergoes a long and arduous test, including many difficult testing items, results in lowered self-esteem, reduced motivation for learning something new, may induce stress related disorders. Similarly, expecting a more competent individual to undergo numerous simple test-items can generate the same negative result. A Competency Management System (CMS) is presented to initiate effective human-computer interaction (HCI) for cognitive skills assessment.


Effective HCI ICT eLearning instructional design workplace training experiential learning knowledge navigation competency management system 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Elspeth McKay
    • 1
  • Kathy Henschke
    • 1
  1. 1.School of Business Information TechnologyRMIT UniversityMelbourneAustralia

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