How do you use technology to help you improve as a vocational assessor? You’re probably using a number of these already and may not have considered just how they help you to deliver higher quality assessing – from planning and developing assessments, to conducting them and keeping track of records more accurately. These technologies not only enhance the assessment process but also align with current industry standards and practices. Here are four examples:
1. Learning Management Systems (LMS) like Moodle or Canvas: These platforms are integral for creating, distributing, and managing assessments online. They offer features like quizzes, assignment submissions, grading tools, and plagiarism detection. An LMS can provide a centralized and accessible platform for both assessors and learners, ensuring consistency and efficiency in the assessment process.
2. Digital Portfolios like Mahara or Seesaw: These tools allow learners to compile and showcase their work digitally. For assessors, digital portfolios provide a comprehensive view of a learner’s progress and skills development over time. They are particularly useful for assessments that require demonstration of practical skills or project-based learning.
3. Simulation Software or Virtual Reality (VR) Tools: In industries like healthcare, engineering, or aviation, simulation software or VR can be used to create realistic scenarios for assessment. These technologies allow learners to demonstrate competencies in a safe, controlled environment, making it possible to assess practical skills without the risks associated with real-life settings.
4. Feedback and Survey Tools like SurveyMonkey or Google Forms: These tools can be used to gather feedback on the assessment process from learners and other stakeholders. This feedback is crucial for continuous improvement of assessment quality. These tools are easy to use and can efficiently collect and analyse data, providing valuable insights for assessors.
5. ChatGPT (or similar LLM): ChatGPT can be used as an interactive tool for creating and refining assessment materials, providing instant feedback, and aiding in the development of scenario-based questions. For example, in a business course, ChatGPT can be used to simulate business negotiation scenarios where students interact with the AI to practice and demonstrate their negotiation skills. The AI’s responses can be tailored to mimic real-world business situations, providing a dynamic and interactive assessment environment. Additionally, ChatGPT can assist in generating creative assessment ideas, formulating questions, and even offering suggestions for reasonable adjustments in assessments to cater to diverse learner needs.
Each of these technologies offers unique benefits, from enhancing the accessibility and efficiency of assessments to providing more authentic and industry-relevant assessment methods. By integrating these technologies, assessors can significantly improve the quality and relevance of their assessments in vocational education and training.