Case Study 1: Providing authentic 'real work' assessment to integrate learning and prepare students for work experience
A Case Study from the Private Training Establishment (PTE) sector. Part of the Enhancing the Effectiveness of Tertiary Teaching and Learning through Assessment project.
The Private Training Establishment Sector
Name: Jules Buri
Organisation: Travel Careers and Training
Researcher: Rosanne Matheson
'Employers said they loved our students but that when they got into a real environment, they didn't understand how everything worked together.'
Feedback from Industry Advisory meetings motivated the adoption of a work based reality assessment strategy. This strategy overcomes one of the biggest problems with unit standard assessment in that it requires students to integrate the knowledge and skills they have gained throughout the course in order to complete a range of real work based tasks. Working in a team, with pressure to work through a number of scenarios and complete a range of tasks means that students gain a lot of insight into their ability to apply their learning in a situation which mirrors what they will experience when they gain employment in the industry. Feedback from their tutor aids this learning.
Students are generally very positive about this strategy and think that it is fun although some students can be stressed by it.