TAQA Assessor Certificate - Assignment 2
Explain the function of assessment in learning and development? The function of assessment in learning and development is to measure the learners’ skills, abilities and knowledge against the set criteria of the qualification being undertaken. The assessor should identify the learning styles of the candidate to be assessed and implement the appropriate methods of assessment in order for the learner to achieve the qualification. The assessment process should be a systematic and holistic procedure designed to provide a positive learning experience for all candidates.
Explain how you would judge whether evidence is sufficient, authentic and current? The evidence would be deemed sufficient if it covered all areas of the assessment criteria set out in the qualification requirements . Sufficient does not mean a mass of evidence. It just means that you have witnessed enough evidence to establish competency. In order to be authentic it must clearly show that the work has been carried out by the candidate being assessed. The work will be classed as current if it is up to date and relevant to the qualification at the time of assessment . It must also be up to date with the learners current working practice. If the evidence is not directly witnessed by the assessor it should have been verified to be completed by the learner within the last six months.
What risks may there be when carrying out assessment? Give examples? In addition to normal Health & Safety procedures which will be specific to the assessment location, an assessor should be fully aware of the candidates learning abilities prior to starting the assessment. This will usually have been identified during the induction process and through communication with line manager and employer. Problems such as dyslexia or dysgraphia which could have an impact on the candidates learning ability can then be identified and suitable assessment methods implemented. Communication between all relevant parties involved in the assessment is essential if misunderstandings are to be avoided. The assessor should liaise with the learner and his / her employer and line manager in order to fully set out what is required from all participants. This can include making sure the work area is available, any specialist equipment i.e. Fork Lift Trucks are available and that the learner is present and not absent for any reason . An assessor may be a risk to the learner if he / she doesn’t follow all policies i.e. equality and diversity, fails to recognise and adapt the assessment plan to take into account any special needs of the learner and fails to follow local workplace practices such as the use of protective clothing .
How can you minimise the risks when assessment planning? Essential to minimising risks is an effective induction programme. Each learner will be given an induction to the qualification being assessed. At this session(s) the learner will be given description of what is required from the assessor in order to achieve the qualification. Any worries or stress that the learner is feeling can then be identified and suitable action taken. This can be in the form of revised assessment methods or referral if necessary. The formulation and implementation of a holistic assessment plan for each learner is also essential in minimising risk. The plan will focus the attention of the both the assessor and the learner in achieving the qualification and with regular constructive feedback will keep the learner motivated and focused. The keeping of accurate records will minimise risks should any appeals or complaints be lodged. Some employers and line managers may not be fully supportive of their staff being assessed and may put barriers in the way. This will cause problems with the assessment process and could lead to the learner being demotivated. Effective communication between all participants is paramount in obtaining full...
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