Leading assessment practices in an RTO will require you to have a deeper understanding of vocational assessment than most. The TAE cert IV will have provided you with a solid knowledge of regulatory concepts such as the principles of assessment and rules of evidence, along with the definitions of some common assessment vocabulary like RPL and RCC, competency-based assessment and assessment moderation. So, whilst this unit requires you to demonstrate knowledge of all of these underpinning knowledge requirements, we will be focusing mainly on the steps you need to take to become an assessment expert, and to lead others in assessment practices.
Let’s start with how you might go about increasing your knowledge of competency based assessment. Having this deeper understanding gives you the confidence to provide guidance and assistance to others, and to make clearer decisions about assessment issues when the time comes. So let’s explore the internet and use technology to find out more.
Firstly, we want to locate information from trusted sources. This means recognising the difference between someone’s opinion, and researched facts. It also means applying your own sense to information shared on social media posts, blogs or commercial websites, to see if the information is more or less likely to be correct or at the very least… useful.
My recommendations here are to use four key sources:
- Google Scholar – by using this as your search engine, your eliminating commercial websites and only looking at peer reviewed research papers.
- State library – your state library website will have access to university journals from around the world. You may just need to pick up a library card to gain free access.
- .gov & .org websites. Specifically state and federal education and training-related departments and organisations like ACER and NCVER.
- GPT 4 with the scholar plugin. At the time of recording, this feature provides access to over 200 Million peer reviewed papers and can be a great place to get started.