Monday, May 6 (full day event)

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Smith Engineering at Queen’s University is pleased to host the Second Annual Competency Based Assessment (CBA) Symposium on the beautiful Queen’s campus in Kingston, Ontario.

The 2024 symposium will be a full day event focused on learning improvement.   The  morning session will be guided by this year’s guest speaker Dr. Keston Fulcher,  followed by an interactive afternoon of examples and workshop opportunities exploring how learning improvement can be informed by competency assessment.

We welcome our francophone colleagues to the conference. Sessions will be delivered in English, with every effort being made to ensure the availability of a bilingual group facilitator for working group activities.

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Registration Deadline Extended to Wednesday, April 24, 2024


A full agenda can be found below. We are pleased to provide some highlights to look forward to. Participants will leave having had the opportunity to:

  • attend a presentation by Dr. Keston Fulcher Professor of Graduate Psychology, James Madison University, on Learning Improvement, including a  6 Step Process to learning improvement.
  • Learn from Dr. Jason Robert Tavares about using concept inventories at Polytechnique Montréal to evaluate engineering knowledge and improve educational quality
  • Learn from Dr. Sean Maw about how competency-based assessment is informing iteration of first year engineering at University of Saskatchewan 
  • Work through a learning improvement strategy in a course/program of your choice.
  • Gain confidence that a learning improvement process is both feasible and worthwhile.
  • Leave with strategies employing these elements  at your home institution.

Accommodations for Out of Town Participants

The Residence Inn is offering a Special Symposium Room Rate for out of town participants. Please book early as there is a limited block of rooms being made available.

Pre and Post Event Downtown Dinner Outings 

In the spirit of Engineering Education Research Community events, we continue to focus on making this event not only informative, but also collegial!  For those attendees arriving in town the night before the event (and locals who are interested), we are arranging for an informal dinner outing in downtown Kingston and similarly for those who wish to continue their conversations over dinner after the Event Reception. Please note that you will be choosing from the regular menu and paying directly.

Symposium Agenda




9 - 9:10 am

Opening and Welcome

Dean Kevin Deluzio

9:10 - 10:20 am

Plenary Presenter: Assessment for Learning Improvement - A Framework

Dr. Keston Fulcher

10:20 - 10:35 am


10:35 am - noon

Guided Scenario

Symposium Team

noon - 1:00 pm


1:00 - 1:15 pm

Welcome Back and Afternoon Overview

Dr. Brian Frank

1:15 - 1:45 pm

Case Study: University of Saskatchewan’s First Year ReEngineering

Dr. Sean Maw

1:45 - 2:15 pm

Guided Scenario

Symposium Team

2:15 - 2:30 pm


2:30 - 3 pm

Case Study: Ecole Polytechnique Concept Inventory

Dr. Jason Robert Tavares

3 - 3:30 pm

Guided Scenario

Symposium Team

3:30 - 4 pm

Developing Interventions and Implementation

Symposium Team

4 - 5 pm

Group and Panel Discussion

Symposium Team

5 pm




Organizing Committee

  • Brian Frank, Professor and DuPont Canada Chair in Engineering Education, Queen's University
  • Sean Maw, Associate Professor and Jerry G. Huff Chair in Innovative Teaching, University of Saskatchewan
  • Jason Robert Tavares, Professeur Titulaire, Département de génie chimique, Polytechnique Montréal 
  • Alexandra Downie, Consultant in Engineering Education


Our Sponsors

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We Look Forward to Seeing You in May


For our Smith Engineering Participants, we encourage you to consider including other Teaching and Learning Month events in your May. You can find more details here Teaching and Learning Month.