Please note that this course has concluded, although its content remains available for perusal. You can access the modules by enrolling in the course and clicking the "Modules" tab above; however, it is no longer possible to receive the course badge, the module badges, or the course certificate. Finally, please note that support for this course is no longer provided by the course instructors or the EUN Academy team.


This course is intended for teachers and other educational professionals interested in competence-based education. The course aims to provide you with a thorough introduction to the topic, as well as make you aware of the issues and challenges related to making competence-based education a reality in the classroom. Furthermore, teachers will be given concrete tips on how to implement project-based learning, a particularly suitable method for delivering competence-based education, as well as on how to assess this type of collaborative learning.

Module 1 will provide you with an introduction to the topic, looking at the importance and definition of competences as well as international frameworks; how competences are understood, expressed and implemented in various countries across Europe; and the main teaching and assessment methods associated to this approach.

Module 2 will look at practical ways in which teachers can use project-based learning techniques in the classroom and beyond to develop their pupils’ competences across a variety of subjects and skills. Inspiring examples from across Europe will be provided, and possible solutions to challenges explored. There will be a special focus on how to best develop students' collaborative problem-solving skills within project-based learning.

Finally, Module 3 will help you understand the assessment methods which are most suitable to competence-based approaches to learning, and will provide you with concrete advice on how to implement these various methods and in which contexts. An Irish case study will provide participants with an inspiring example of how Ireland introduced competence-based assessment in Mathematics. This module will also give participants the opportunity to learn more about assessing an important transversal skill explored in module 2 - collaborative problem solving.

This course has been designed to improve your competences, so that you can in turn develop those of the young people you teach, work with or on behalf of.

The material within this course has mainly been developed on the basis of the work produced by KeyCoNet - the European Policy Network on Key Competences in School Education, managed by European Schoolnet, and funded by the European Commission.

You can follow us and share your ideas about the course on Twitter, using #21skillscourse. You can also join in on the discussion via our LinkedIn group on key competences in school education.

We look forward to welcoming you to the course, and we hope you are as excited as we are about starting this learning journey together





The work presented on this website is supported by the European Union’s Lifelong Learning Programme – project KeyCoNet: European Policy Network on Key Competences in School Education (Framework Agreement EAC/13/2011). The content of this website is the sole responsibility of the Consortium Members and it does not represent the opinion of the European Union and the European Union is not responsible or liable for any use that might be made of information contained herein.

List of modules

Course Introduction Start date
17/11/14 01:01
End date
15/12/23 00:59
Module 1: Introducing Competences for 21st Century Schools Start date
17/11/14 01:01
End date
15/12/23 00:59
Module 2: Teaching Key Competences through Project Based Learning Start date
24/11/14 01:01
End date
15/12/23 00:59
Module 3: Assessing Key Competences Start date
01/12/14 01:01
End date
15/12/23 00:59
To enrol in this course, you first have to register as a user on the European Schoolnet Academy platform. To register, please click the button below.

Target audience

Anybody is welcome to join the course but it is targeted at teachers and other educational professionals interested in competence-based education


This course lasts 3 weeks and requires around 2-3 hours of your time each week

Start date

Monday, 17th November 2014


At the end of each module, the successful completion of a quiz will earn you a digital badge. All participants which earn all 3 module digital badges as well as partake in each learning activity, will also be awarded with a digital certificate at the end of the course.