What requirements are there for assessing your learning programmes?
Within my organization there are various types of assessment criteria, however within my department it is mainly formative and during the final stages of the course summative assessment is conducted. The assessment standard is defined by an Assessment Specification document, which is the standards set out by the Training Design Cell.
Once these specifications have been established they are then delivered through the training programme set out by the Training Cell and at certain intervals the assessment process is conducted. The assessment timings and dates are displayed to the student who can expect them and prepare; this minimises any anxiety. By simply using the term assessment in place of test as eased self - induced pressure on some of my students.
As well as written assessments I also have to conduct observation studies. These observations take place on a one to one basis therefore it can cause more pressure. To counter this unnecessary pressure I prepare the students by conducting a Practice Period. After a number of training sessions have been delivered I conduct a practice period, this is a wash up to ensure everyone is progressing at the same level, it is also a time for revision and to run through the format of an assessment. This puts the student at ease so when the assessment process begins they are more at ease.
Once an assessment has been delivered the student is initially given feedback verbally with a more detailed report to follow. This initial feedback puts them at ease in the short – term until they receive the complete feedback. The full report and assessment results are recorded to develop an overall course report.
When the feedback has been delivered to the student it will determine whether or not they require additional training or individual goal setting.