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Assessment Cluster

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About Course

When you consider a topic like assessment, you would be forgiven for thinking that it is all about testing and examinations. In reality, assessing in the vocational education sector requires that you understand and apply the skills of planning, creating, conducting and validating assessment within a highly regulated environment. The topic is best tackled holistically by picturing the process as a cycle that must be worked through each time an assessment is planned and conducted rather than looking at planning or conducting in isolation.

What Will You Learn?

  • Identify the requirements of vocational assessments
  • Understand the principles of assessment and rules of evidence
  • Create assessment plans
  • Assess vocational students using RPL and other methods
  • How to make valid assessment decisions
  • Design and develop three assessment tools
  • Understand the purpose and application of assessment calidation
  • Validate three assessment tools

Course Content

Plan assessment activities and processes
The approach to assessing an individual’s or group’s skills and knowledge must be relevant to the work context and the outcomes required by the learners. It involves establishing the who, what, when, where and how of the assessment process by considering the learners’ needs, the work context and the benchmarks they must achieve for a competent outcome. The planning stage is therefore vital to the successful implementation of quality assessment activities.

Assessing competence
Assessing the vocational competence of a candidate is an extremely important responsibility. You are effectively ‘letting the candidate loose’ to work within an industry with your personal endorsement and that of your organisation. With such responsibility comes a legal duty of care to ensure you follow the appropriate steps and comply with the national standards and industry and organisational benchmarks. The steps used in assessing competence in the Vocational Education and Training (VET) sector are outlined below: 1. Prepare for the assessment by reviewing the assessment plan. 2. Brief the candidate clearly and accurately. 3. Gather valid, sufficient, current and authentic evidence. 4. Make an assessment decision. 5. Give feedback to the candidate regarding the process and outcomes. 6. Document and report the assessment outcomes. 7. Review the assessment for improvement.

Assessment question guidance
We go through the assessment questions with you to help you approach each question in the right way.

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2 years ago
Lots of fun - really enjoyed getting this together