Designing and developing assessments that will be fit for purpose is a definite skill set.  

And when it comes to assessment tools, there’s a broad range of examples that fall on the spectrum of ‘good to not so good’. 

As part of this series on Designing and Developing Assessment Tools, join Michelle Charlton as she shares some vital pointers that will augment your current knowledge linked to the unit of competency TAEASS502 Design and develop assessment tools. This is a unit held by every trainer who has, and works under, the Certificate IV in Training and Assessment. It’s also a unit many people struggle with, and one that underpins why 75% of RTOs struggle with assessment at audit time.

Following from the previous session, in part two, we’ll look at a broad overview of elements 3 and 4 from the unit: Develop the assessment tool and Review and trial the assessment tool. This is where the developing and reviewing of the assessment tool takes place and we think about: How to get instruments into the tool that support the Rules of Evidence? What instructions are required as guidance to users of the tool?  How can the tools be developed so that they will produce similar results across different assessors and across different times? What considerations need to be made to ensure the assessments dovetail with the RTO’s assessment system? And how to confirm the tools are fit for intended purpose?

This session will highlight key areas that are often overlooked in the development stages and show examples from the spectrum of ‘good to not so good’ as tangible benchmarks for getting it right. Then it will outline best practice methods for reviewing tools and discuss what to do with the data that comes from the review processes. 

Even if you are not developing materials but are buying them off the shelf, it is imperative to have a full understanding of TAEASS502 so that you can effectively contextualise and gap fill assessment tools as required!

Other Details:

  • Recorded - 21 October 2020
  • Duration - Approx. 1h 15mins
  • Access - 14 days from date of purchase

Past Feedback:

Here's what others who watched this session had to say:

"Truly appreciative of Michelle's insight"

"The advice to look to the performance criteria for keywords to inform assessment instrument choice was great"

"Loved the information about instructions - also bought a copy of the Big Book of kNOw - Excellent!"

"Great tactics and tips for assessment"

"Enjoyed the ways of looking at how to develop assessment and what to look at in PCs"

"Provision of real examples of instructions that aren't clearly written to satisfy the requirements of any Unit of Competency being assessed"

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    Developing Assessment Tools

    • M Charlton Developing Assessment Tools 21.10.20

About your presenter

Michelle Charlton

As the Principal of her organisation, Michelle works with her team to provide specialised VET and RTO support services including:

  • Writing and resource development
  • Assessment review
  • Assessment marking
  • Assessment validation
  • Professional Development information and activities

Michelle is an experienced presenter and facilitator, a qualified trainer and assessor, and has industry qualifications and experience in project management, leadership and management, training and education, and business operations. 

She holds tertiary qualifications in Psychology, Adult and Vocational Education, and Training and Development.

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