IEB - Assessment Matters

This course is designed to equip facilitators and assessors with the knowledge and skills they need to carry out outcomes-based assessment in their workplace.

The course is based on the generic Unit Standard 115753: Conduct Outcomes Based Assessment (15 credits @ NQF level 5)

The course also includes aspects of:

  • Assessment design, and therefore forms a foundation for the generic Unit Standard 115755: Design and Develop Outcomes Based Assessments
  • Moderation, and therefore forms a foundation for the generic Unit Standard 115759: Moderate Outcomes Based Assessments
  • Good education, training and development practices
IEB Assessment Education and Training is accredited by the ETDP SETA.

Course Outcomes

These are contextualised for the role that the practitioner plays in the workplace.  The outcomes of the course are given below.

At the end of the course assessors will be able to:
  • Demonstrate applied understanding of outcomes-based assessment practice
  • Demonstrate understanding of how to carry out RPL assessment
  • Plan and prepare for assessment
  • Prepare learners for assessment
  • Conduct assessment using a range of developmentally appropriate methods to assess learners’ progress
  • Evaluate evidence and make assessment judgements
  • Use assessment to promote learning
  • Record assessment results
  • Provide feedback to relevant parties
  • Report learners’ progress appropriately
  • Use assessment to maintain standards
  • Review assessment
  • Prepare for internal and external moderation
  • Reflect on own practice
Course Structure

The course consists of:
  • 36 hours contact time in which participants will study the policies, principles and practice of good continuous assessment.
  • A simulated assessment is conducted in contact time by each participant.
  • The development of a Portfolio of Evidence to demonstrate applied competence in the workplace context.

Course Delivery

At a venue of the client’s choice, the delivery can be structured according to the needs of the participants.

Course Content

The course is divided into 5 units and the title and outcomes for each unit in the course for teachers are given below. Participants will be able to:

Unit 1: The context of Outcomes Based Assessment in South Africa

  • Describe the nature of the NQF and its influence on learning in South Africa
  • Explain how workplaces/ institutions should manage the implementation of learnerships to comply with the principles of Outcomes-based learning in South Africa
  • Develop their applied understanding of how to make participation in national learning more effective

Unit 2: The A-Z of Assessment in the Workplace

  • Explain how the principles of Outcomes-based Assessment can be applied in practice
  • Demonstrate their understanding of Outcomes-based Assessment and learning
  • Plan for the integration of Assessment into learning programmes/ pathways
  • Prepare for the integration of Critical Outcomes into learning programmes
  • Decide on appropriate ways of assessing learners in the workplace
  • Differentiate the various roles and levels of Assessment in the workplace
  • Recognise the need for organisational Assessment strategies and Assessment plans for single Assessments

Unit 3: Making Assessment happen

  • Create plans and a schedule for an Assessment
  • Organise Assessment to fully involve the learner before Assessment – preparation of the schedules, documentation, the environment (venue, etc.) and the learner (special and particular needs)
  • Locate the appropriate Assessment instruments for the proper implementation of Outcomes-based Assessment
  • Conduct sound OBA-compliant Assessments (practical and written) using a variety of methods
  • Demonstrate an applied understanding of constructive feedback, including one-on-one and written feedback
  • Conduct and reflect on feedback – one-on-one/ group/ written
  • Show an ability to manage problems that might arise in a feedback session
  • Reflect on Assessment and decide on improvements in practice
  • Manage Portfolios of Evidence

Unit 4: Post Assessment, Evaluation and Review

  • Review the assessment process through from pre-assessment, during Assessment and post –assessment
  • Manage the challenges facing assessors
  • Manage the appeals process
  • Review the assessment tools for more effective use
  • Review facilitation/ coaching/ mentoring strategies to enhance learning
  • Review the design and delivery of the learning programme

Unit 5: Quality Assurance and Compliance with Sectoral and National Requirements

  • Demonstrate understanding of how to operate within organisational assessment guidelines in their organisations
  • Explain the moderation process
  • Optimise their roles as assessors to assist with standardisation
  • Relate the requirements of compliance to their organisations in respect of learnerships and other SETA led learning programmes
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