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In vocational education and training, what is assessment?

In the VET sector, assessment refers to the process of collecting evidence for making judgments about an individual’s competence or ability to perform a task or role against a standard expected in the workplace. This usually involves collecting evidence of performance and making comparisons to pre-determined standards. The purpose of assessment in the VET sector […]
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Principles of assessment

An easy way to learn them: “Life isn’t fair, so you have to be flexible” “What’s the point of being valid if you’re not reliable?” What are the principles of assessment? Fairness During the RTO Assessment process, the Fairness principle considers the individual learner’s needs. What steps do RTOs take to ensure that the assessment […]
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Rules of evidence

An easy way to learn them: “I need something valid like a current driver’s license sufficient money for rent and an authentic friend” In the Rules of Evidence, important considerations around assessment evidence collection are highlighted in relation to the Principles of Assessment. Validity The assessor must be assured that the student has the skills, […]
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Validity of traditional assessment methods

There is a great deal of debate surrounding the validity of assessment methods in vocational education and training (VET). Some believe that traditional methods, such as open book and closed book examinations and long answer, essay-type questions, are no longer fit for purpose in the modern VET sector. Others argue that these methods are still […]
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Assessment tools to support observation using simulation

Simulation can provide a realistic environment in which to observe and assess student performance. A variety of assessment tools are available to support observation using simulation, including checklists, global rating scales, observation guides and structured debriefing. Each has its own strengths and weaknesses, and the choice of tool should be based on the specific learning […]
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An overview of assessment evidence

Assessment evidence in the VET sector refers to the process and methods used by assessors to gather, generate and judge the quality of evidence for the purpose of making informed judgements about vocational competence. It includes how assessors: Design and select assessment instruments Plan and conduct assessments Interpret and use assessment results as evidence of […]
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