Enhancing assessment practices in ITOs: A principles-based approach
Ako Aotearoa and the Industry Training Federation recently co-hosted a full-day workshop for the industry training sector on enhancing assessment systems and structures.
Facilitated by Dr Karen Vaughan from the New Zealand Council for Educational Research, 48 participants from 23 Industry Training Organisations (ITOs) took part, along with 6 representatives from the New Zealand Qualifications Authority.
The workshop focused on acting on the principles identified through the National Project Fund (NPF) project, ITO Workplace Assessment Structures, which was led by Karen Vaughan and completed in 2010. Andrew Kear also shared the experiences of the BCITO as they undertake organisational-wide change in assessment practices, as part of their NPF project, Transforming industry-led assessment of learning in the building and construction industries.
The workshop was engaging and lively, with participants sharing their practices, learning from each other and self-assessing their current systems. Attendees identified their key priorities for enhancing their assessment systems. These priorities were varied and ambitious, some examples include: developing resources to be more learner centred, increasing the use of technology in assessments, focusing on ongoing self-assessment against the assessment principles, and greater collaboration with other ITOs. Of significant note, attendees also considered what the benefits of such changes to learners might be, and how they would be measured.
Feedback on the day was overwhelmingly positive; 93% of those who completed an evaluation reported the workshop was of high quality and all participants thought it was a valuable day. We look forward to hearing more about how this workshop has enhanced assessment systems for the benefit of learners.