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UNIT TITLE: 007 Principles of assessment in lifelong learning LEVEL 3 (3 credits)

Learning OutcomesThe learner will:| Assessment CriteriaThe learner can:| Learner statement | 1. Understand types and methods of assessment used in lifelong learning| 1.1| Explain types of assessment used in lifelong learning| Assessment can be Formative and should take place continually throughout my learner’s time to allow for development, by simply asking them questions and observing their actions can help give on-going feedback to enable my learner to develop further before a summative assessment takes place. And it can also be Summative and usually takes place at the end of the program or unit or at the end of the qualification.Formative assessment takes place a lot throughout the learner’s qualification. When I see a learner I plan an activity to do, but at the end of the hour I give formative feedback letting the learner know how well they have done or an area which they need to improve on. Also within that hour I often ask the learner questions as I feel that questioning is often the best way to assess knowledge and make sure what you have said they have actually taken in and understood. By giving them feedback after each hour it will boost their confidence, motivate them as they will know what they’re doing.With every type of assessment we carry out with our learners we do formative feedback, and below are how:Observations – we observe the learner and again after conducting the observation I will sit with the learner and ask them questions to ensure they understand i.e. I did an observation on my candidate doing a review meeting and afterwards I asked him questions such as why did he do the review meeting then after I gave him feedback and again when I wrote up the observation I wrote feedback on the observation.Guided discussions, written questions are the same as observation we again give formative feedback.In customer service we do formative assessment every week leading up to the summative assessment each week we set the learner work which includes activities such as a puzzle, crossword or mini questions then the following week I will go through it with them and see how they got on giving them feedback such as the strong areas and areas where I think a little bit more learning is required. After 10-12 weeks the learner will then have a test to test their knowledge of that unit (summative test) if they pass it, it will had shown that they have gained all the relevant knowledge.Formative assessment is a great way of ensuring that the learner is ready for a test. Summative assessment has the advantage of seeing how much of the unit or course they understood or if it was at the end how competent they were.| | 1.2| Explain the use of methods of assessment in lifelong learning| There are two types of assessment methods, formal and informal.Formal assessment activities will count towards the student’s achievement of their qualification. Examples of formal assessment include written assignments, questioning such as guided discussions, witness statements etc.Informal assessments take place on most meetings with the learners for example they could include quizzes gapped handouts, role plays etc.In order to motivate the learners and get them bonding a variety of informal assessment can be used to engage the learner and to assess what they have understood so far.When assessing when I’m on the NVQ I tend pick the type of assessment method depending on the learner as every learner has different learning styles such as some learners find writing what they mean down difficult so I will tend to do guided discussions with them as opposed to written questions etc.| | 1.3| Compare the strengths and limitations of assessment methods to meet individual learner needs| method| advantages| disadvantages| observation| Its authenticOne observation could cover a few of the standardsLow disruption for the candidateExample: if the...
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