Types of Assessment
Initial assessment should take place prior to, or when learning begins as it will determine a learner's previous skills and knowledge. It should also give you information regarding any specific learning and assessment requirements or needs they might have, or any additional training and support they may require. This process will also ensure learners are on the right course.
Formative assessment should take place constantly throughout your learners' time with you. It is usually carried out informally to review progress, recognise any support requirements and inform further development. Asking questions and observing actions can help you to assess how your learners are …show more content…
It is a measure of achievement towards set criteria. This type of assessment can be quite stressful to some learners and may lead to a fail result even though the learner is quite capable under other conditions. Summative assessment is usually formal, devised by the awarding organisation that accredits the qualification and is often called assessment of learning.
Involving Learners and Others in Assessment
It could be that you are not the only person involved with your learner's progress; there could be others such as their supervisor at work, or different trainers or assessors. It is important that you communicate with all concerned to make sure that the learning and assessment process is effective. You can also involve the learner in their own assessment of progress and the assessment of their peers as required.
Learners should always be involved in the assessment process from beginning to end. Involving your learners gives them the opportunity to inform you of anything which might affect their progress and / or achievement. It also helps them to take ownership of their development if they are aware of what will be …show more content…
This contributes to the assessment process by ensuring that everyone is aware of what has been achieved and what may still need to be met. It creates opportunities for clarification and discussion, and emphasises progress rather than failure. It helps improve confidence and enthusiasm and identifies further learning opportunities.
How to Give Constructive Feedback
Feedback is a way of helping reassure, increase confidence, encourage and motivate learners. All learners need to know how they are progressing and what they have achieved, giving feedback will help them to realise this. Feedback can be given formally in writing or informally by verbal communication. It should be given at a level which is appropriate for each learner, be specific and include facts which relate to development and achievement in order to help learners progress. Descriptive feedback lets you describe what your learner has done, how they have met the requirements and what they can do to progress further and allows you to provide opportunities for the learner to make any alterations or improvements to reach a specific