Course Content
Plan and prepare evaluation
Any evaluation must be properly planned. You must be clear about the purpose of the evaluation and what criteria will be used to determine outcomes. You will also need access to information and the assistance of experienced stakeholders. These factors must come together efficiently to achieve a successful review.
Collect and collate evaluation data
With the project plan prepared, and task roles and responsibilities allocated, the review process can begin. Initially this means gathering all relevant documents and information for evaluation. This may mean conducting interviews with staff and students, or simply getting together the learning and assessment strategies, assessment tools or policy and procedure manuals in line with the scope of the audit or review.
Analyse evaluation information and make conclusions
The information collected is only as good as the knowledge you are able to draw from it and the use to which that knowledge is put. This part of the process requires the use of analysis and interpretation skills to evaluate all the information gathered as well as the organisation’s management systems. The analysis of the documentation and systems is extremely important as far-reaching decisions could be based on the outcome of this process. It is vital, therefore, that the information you analyse is relevant, current and of sufficient quality and quantity.
Report on the conclusions and recommendations
The final part of the review process is the formal report on the findings of the evaluations undertaken. This report should then, ideally, form part of the organisation’s continuous improvement program. The report should include information on any breaches of compliance identified as well as suggestions for their rectification.
TAEDES515 – Evaluating training
About Lesson

This lesson is repeated in your Moodle assessment portfolio and simply runs through the requirements of your assessment. A partial transcript is below, so you can follow along with the requirements. 

We recommend choosing a unit from a course that is currently taught where you work or have access to. I mentioned in the content tutorials, that you could use the techniques discussed here to evaluate everything from a workplace induction, through to a full qualification. And that’s true. However, for the assessment, we only need one unit. So consider the programs you have access to, and, in consultation with the course owner or RTO stakeholders select one unit that can be evaluated. 

Once you’ve chosen the unit, you’re required to evaluate 3 sequential training sessions that are delivered as part of the program. The term, sessions, here refers to a discrete component of the training. Something that has it’s own beginning middle and end and serves to impart some content from the unit. So this might be three 1 hour sessions conducted in the first day of a face to face program. Or, if we take this program, it could be three of the online topics (each of which aim to cover one element of the unit).

Don’t get too bogged down in your selection. Just select something appropriate and write down the details so you can refer to them throughout your assessment.  

Once selected, it’s now time to conduct the evaluation against industry performance needs and capability requirements. This is where you start to fill out your evaluation template, and develop a couple of data gathering tools.

Use the tools to collect and analyse qualitative and quantitative data,

Then complete your evaluation template in order to produce an evaluation report that addresses all phases of the evaluation process, including recommendations on areas for improvement.

At the completion, please submit all the documents you’ve created, collected and analysed, along with your completed evaluation template. This may include a stakeholder analysis, copies of your survey outcomes, any interview notes and so on.

Think of this as a workplace task you’ve been allocated, and prepare exactly what would be expected of you in a real workplace. This is often the best approach to completing assessments within your Diploma.