TAEASS512 – Design and develop assessment tools

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In this unit, you’ll start with laying the groundwork for a comprehensive and effective assessment tool by clarifying its purpose, understanding the target group, and contextualising the assessment environment. This involves a detailed analysis of the target group’s characteristics to ensure the tool’s design meets their specific needs and facilitates an accurate assessment of competencies. By reviewing nationally recognised units of competency, the developer gains a clear understanding of the competencies required for demonstration. Additionally, existing assessment instruments are evaluated for their applicability, and necessary modifications are identified, setting a solid foundation for a tailored and relevant assessment tool.

In the planning stage, the focus shifts to the personal preparedness of the developer in creating the assessment tool. This involves a critical review of the developer’s own skills and knowledge against the tool’s requirements, identifying any gaps in expertise, industry relevance, and currency. These gaps are addressed in line with organisational procedures to ensure the developer is fully equipped to undertake the task. Furthermore, this stage includes the meticulous planning of the design and development process, outlining the steps involved and estimating the time required for each, ensuring a structured approach to the development of the assessment tool.

The design and development phase is where the assessment tool takes shape, starting with the selection of appropriate assessment methods that align with the tool’s purpose, the target group, and the context of assessment. This phase ensures that the chosen methods adhere to the principles of assessment and rules of evidence, incorporating various instruments to collect the necessary evidence. Detailed tasks, evidence outlines, and instruments are developed to facilitate the collection of candidate evidence, adhering to universal design principles and legislative requirements. The tool is then meticulously mapped to the relevant training product and documented in draft form. Following a systematic review and trial of the tool to validate its effectiveness and applicability, feedback is collected and incorporated into the tool, leading to the finalisation and secure storage of the assessment tool according to organisational procedures. This iterative process ensures the creation of a robust, valid, and reliable assessment tool tailored to accurately measure competencies in a fair and consistent manner.

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What Will You Learn?

  • 🎯 Understand the purpose, target group, and context for the assessment tool.
  • 🔍 Analyse target group needs to tailor the assessment tool's design and development.
  • 📚 Access and interpret competency standards to define required competence demonstrations.
  • 🛠️ Evaluate and modify existing assessment instruments for enhanced suitability.
  • 📈 Identify personal skills gaps and address them for effective tool development.
  • ⏱️ Plan the design and development stages with realistic timelines.
  • 📋 Select appropriate assessment methods to match evidence and context requirements.
  • ✍️ Develop comprehensive tasks, evidence outlines, and instruments for candidate assessment.
  • 🔄 Conduct trials and revisions based on feedback to refine the assessment tool.
  • 🗄️ Finalise and systematically store the assessment tool following organisational procedures.

Course Content

Prepare to develop an assessment tool
1.1 Clarify tool purpose, target group and context of assessment 1.2 Analyse target group characteristics and identify their needs relevant to assessment tool design and development 1.3 Access and analyse nationally recognised units of competency to identify what is required to demonstrate competence 1.4 Analyse available assessment instruments for their suitability for use, and identify required modifications

Plan and design an assessment tool
2.1 Review own skills and knowledge required to develop the assessment tool and identify gaps in subject matter expertise, industry relevance and industry currency 2.2 Address identified gaps according to organisational procedures 2.3 Determine steps and estimate time needed for the design and development of assessment tool 3. Design assessment tool 3.1 Review and select assessment methods appropriate to purpose, target group, required evidence collection and assessment context 3.2 Check and confirm that combination of assessment methods meets unit of competency requirements and supports principles of assessment and rules of evidence 3.3 Identify instruments required to collect evidence using selected assessment methods and according to organisational requirements

Develop an assessment tool
4.1 Record the context and conditions for assessment 4.2 Develop tasks to be administered to candidates 4.3 Develop outline of evidence to be gathered from candidate 4.4 Develop instruments to be used to collect evidence from candidate in line with universal design principles and according to legislative and regulatory requirements 4.5 Develop criteria to be used to make judgements about whether competence has been achieved 4.6 Develop administration, recording and reporting requirements 4.7 Develop instructions for assessor and for candidate 4.8 Map assessment tool to the nationally recognised training product 4.9 Document draft assessment tool according to organisational procedures

Finalise the assessment tools
5.1 Undertake a systematic review of the assessment tool according to organisational procedures 5.2 Trial assessment tool to validate its content and applicability 5.3 Collect and document feedback on assessment tool and amend tool as required 5.4 Finalise and store assessment tool according to organisational procedures

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